BJP President Amit Shah’s wife is four times richer than him. While filing his nomination papers from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, he declared an annual income of Rs 53.90 lakh in his Income Tax Return for 2017-18. The declaration claimed that his wife’s annual income during the same year was Rs 2.30 Crore. While sources of income were not mentioned, the BJP president was a stock broker before plunging into active politics.
This is the first time that candidates are required to file details of their Income Tax Returns for the previous five years. The affidavit uploaded on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat shows the BJP president’s annual income registering a modest increase from Rs 41 lakhs in 2013-14. In 2014-15, however, his income went down to Rs 5 lakhs.
The annual income of his wife, however, rose more dramatically. From a relatively modest Rs 14 lakhs in 2013-14 and went up to Rs 39.75 lakhs in 2014-15, Rs 1.55 Crore in 2015-16, went down marginally to Rs 1.05 Crore in 2016-17 before going up to Rs 2.30 Crore.
Both husband and wife have declared a modest bank balance of Rs 18 lakh each. While Mr Amit Shah has declared a cash in hand of Rs 20,000, his wife’s declaration has put the cash in hand as Rs 72,000. Neither Shah nor his wife apparently owns any vehicle. But while Shah has 160 grams of gold and his wife 1620 grams of gold besides 63 carat diamond.