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Naveen richer by Rs 4 crore
- Chief minister files affidavit and nomination papers

Bhubaneswar, March 19: The bachelor chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has become richer by around Rs 4 crore in the past five years.

His net worth, which was around Rs 8 crore in 2009, has jumped to around Rs 12 crore, according to the affidavit filed by him along with his nomination papers today before the returning officer at Chhatrapur. Naveen is contesting the Hinjili seat for the fourth time in a row.

Among other things, Naveen inherited farmland measuring 22.7 acres valued at Rs 3.43 crore in Faridabad from his late mother Gyan Patnaik. He has also inherited two-third of Naveen Nivas, his current address, which is worth Rs 2.80 crore.

Besides the chief minister owns one-third of a property at Ananda Bhavan in Cuttack, estimated at Rs 51 lakh. His latest affidavit, however, does not mention the purchase of any land by Naveen.

He also has some money in banks. While he has Rs 1,93,813 in the Bank of India, Janpath Road branch in New Delhi, his account in the SBI Parliament House branch in New Delhi has Rs 1,431 to his name. Similarly, he has Rs 12,26,937 in State Bank Bapuji Nagar branch in Bhubaneswar and Rs 1,000 in the Hinjili College campus branch of SBI in his home district of Ganjam.

However, he has only Rs 15,000 in liquid cash with him, which is an increase of Rs 5,000 from 2009. While Naveen also owns a 1980 model Ambassador car worth Rs 20,000, he has gold ornaments worth Rs 2,12,252, which is more than what he had in 2009 when he had declared gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh.

The chief minister, in any case, is not a jewellery freak. He is hardly ever seen wearing any kind of jewellery in public. Invariably clad in his trademark white kurta and ankle-length pyjama with a pair of chappals to go with it, he cuts a rather austere image.


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