GORAKHPUR: Wealth accumulation for most politicians is natural but for some chief ministers, there’s little that money and luxuries attract.
Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is making a debut in the 2022 assembly polls, is an owner of a modest Rs 12,000 mobile phone and has an annual salary of Rs 13.2 lakh.
These declarations were made part of of affidavit submitted to the Returning Officer of the Gorakhpur (Urban) assembly seat on Friday. Yogi who filed his nomination papers has declared that he has no dependent and does not own any building, property and agricultural land in his name.
Earlier in the day, Yogi Adityanath filed his nomination papers in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah. He also performed puja in the temple and also paid obeisance to all the head priests of Nath Sampradaya who were buried inside the math premises.
His total declared assets were valued at Rs 1.54 crore.
Yogi who had represented Gorakhpur Lok Sabha five times, had declared his income was Rs 8,40,998 in 2016-17. His income was Rs 15,68,799 in 2019-20, while in 2020-21 it was Rs 13,20,653.
The poll affidavit also mentions that the CM owns a Samsung mobile phone, a licensed revolver worth Rs 1,00,000 and a rifle worth Rs 80,000. Yogi wears a golden ear ring weighing 20 grams and Rudraksha ornament weighing 10 gram ear ring that was given to him during his anointment ceremony as the head of the Goraksh Peeth.
These two ceremonial ornaments find a mention his affidavit with a total value of Rs 49,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.
Yogi is also the ‘Mahant of the Gorakhnath Math’ at Gorakhpur. He has been holding this position after his spiritual guru Mahant Avaidhyanath passed away in September 2014.
Since Mahant Avaidyanath had adopted Adityanath as his son, his name figures as the father of the CM in his poll affidavit.
Born on June 5, 1972 as Ajay Singh Bisht in Pauri Garhwal district (then in Uttar Pradesh), he changed his name to Yogi Aditynath after being ushered into Nath Sampradaya
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