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Delhi's CM doesn't own a car!

Ehtashamuddin Khan in New Delhi | November 15, 2003 03:49 IST

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is just another upper-middle-class Delhi-ite, going by the list of assets she has declared while filing her nomination for the assembly election on December 1.

Aside from her financial investments and bank balance, Dikshit currently holds just Rs 30,000 in cash, 30gm of gold worth Rs 15,000, and one flat worth Rs 2,15,200. What's more, the chief minister is yet to own a car.

The Congress politician, who is tipped by almost every psephologist and punter to return as Delhi's chief minister for a second successive term, filed her nomination today from her favourite Gole Market constituency and submitted the mandatory affidavit giving details of her possessions.

This is what she has disclosed in the affidavit:

  1. Sheila Dikshit, 65, is wife of the late Vinod Kumar Dikshit and resident of AB-17, Mathura Road, New Delhi
  2. Has no criminal record
  3. Cash -- Rs 30,000
  4. Bank balance as on 10.11.2003 -- Rs 1,23,424
  5. Deposit in SBI bank -- Rs 1,25,000
  6. FD Security Investment Ltd -- Rs 1,50,000
  7. ICICI Money Multiplier Bonds -- Rs 8,000
  8. IND Tax Shield 'B' Bond -- Rs 10,000
  9. ICICI Tax-saving bond -- Rs 70,000
  10. Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund -- Rs 19,800
  11. ICICI Prudential Fund -- Rs 22,650
  12. CEAT Financial Services -- Rs 3,328
  13. Apollo Tyres -- Rs 1,36,500
  14. Daurala Organics -- Rs 4,215
  15. RBI Relief Bonds -- Rs 2,00,000
  16. PNB Relief Bonds -- Rs 14,50,000
  17. UTI MIP -- Rs 1,50,000
  18. Public Provident Fund -- Rs 6,32,207
  19. LIC -- Rs 1,89,444
  20. No vehicle
  21. Thirty grammes of gold jewellery worth Rs 15,000
  22. Gemstones worth Rs 55,000
  23. Eight kilograms of silver utensils worth Rs 63,000
  24. No agricultural land
  25. No non-agricultural land or building
  26. One-floor flat in Nizamuddin neighbourhood of 1,570 square feet worth Rs 2,15,200

Thus, the total value of the assets the chief minister owns is just under Rs 37 lakh [approximately US $81,600].

The affidavit says Dikshit studied in the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Delhi, and did her matriculation from the Punjab Board in 1953. She completed her master's degree in history from the prestigious Miranda House college of Delhi University.

Her rival, former chief minister Madan Lal Khurana of the Bharatiya Janata Party, had submitted his nomination on Wednesday. Here is what he declared:

  1. Cash Rs 54,140 (Wife has Rs 30,000)
  2. Bank deposit -- Rs 87,379 (Wife has Rs 3,66,733)
  3. A Cielo car manufactured in 1998 and currently valued at Rs 90,000
  4. Jewellery worth Rs 72,000 (Wife has jewellery worth Rs 2,10,000)
  5. Other assets worth Rs 11,88,962 (Wife has other assets worth Rs 2,35,203)
  6. A house in Kirti Nagar which has a current value of Rs 45 lakh

Khurana's total adds up to a little over Rs 68 lakh [US $150,000].

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