Average age of MLAs 42, a quarter postgrads

MLAs who have studied up to Class X or below comprise the smallest group.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:February 12, 2015 2:25 am

The sixth Delhi Assembly will be one of the youngest ever, with the average age of legislators standing at 42.36. That is not all. This Assembly also has the highest number of post-graduates at 28 per cent.

MLAs who have studied up to Class X or below comprise the smallest group.

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The youngest in the group are Kirari MLA Rituraj Jha (26) and Deoli MLA Prakash Jarwal, also 26. Just a year older is Mangolpuri’s Rakhi Birla, who is 27 years old. Twenty MLAs are below the age of 40, while 22 are between ages 40 and 50. Three are 57 years old and the oldest in the Assembly is 66-year-old Hazari Lal Chauhan from Patel Nagar.

Of the 19 post-graduate MLAs, five are MBAs. The remaining either belong to the Humanities or the Science streams. At least three of them have a masters degree in Sociology, while the others studied political science or economics.

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In the last Assembly, only 18 per cent of AAP MLAs were post-graduates. The Assembly also has several members from the legal fraternity, although most are not practising lawyers. They constitute 10 per cent of the total legislators.

As far as graduates are concerned, the majority of them belong to the Humanities and the Arts streams. Sixteen per cent are Humanities graudates.

The Assembly also has three engineers, an architect and two mass communication graduates.

The average asset of re-elected AAP legislators stands at Rs 2.24 crore as compared to Rs 1.51 crore in the 2013 Assembly. In terms of the total assets, 16 per cent all AAP legislators have assets more than Rs 10 crore.

Of the 11 legislators with assets more than Rs 10 crore, Parmila Tokas from R K Puram has assets worth Rs 87 crore. However, Tokas also has the highest liabilities at Rs 12 crore. Assets of re-elected MLAs has also increased by 98 per cent.

Further, 12 per cent of the MLAs in the new Assembly belong to minority communities. The Muslims and the Sikhs have four legislators each. The Assembly has six women, a 50 per cent increase from the last time.

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