Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MP and party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is seeking re-election from West Bengal’s Diamond Harbour constituency, has declared that value of his movable assets have soared three-fold to over Rs. 71.40 lakh, as against around Rs. 23.57 lakh declared in 2014.
According to his affidavit submitted as part of the nomination filing process, his spouse Rujira Banerjee’s movable assets stand at over Rs. 35.55 lakh, down from Rs. 54.08 lakh declared five years ago while value of movable assets of dependent – Azaniah Banerjee – went up sharply to over Rs. 30.97 lakh from 10.09 lakh shown in 2014.
The 31-year-old MP has declared that as a part of his movable assets, he possesses 30 grams of gold valued at Rs. 96,000 and 40 grams of silver worth Rs. 1,500. His spouse possesses approximately 658 grams of gold, about 2.3 kg of silver and other stones, valued about Rs. 22 lakh, besides painting worth Rs. 3 lakh.
Incidentally, a controversy had erupted last month over Mr Banerjee’s wife being allegedly detained by the Customs officials for carrying gold in her check-in baggage at Kolkata’s NSCBI Airport. Later, the MP refuted all the allegations by describing them as “baseless”. The matter is now sub-judice as both the parties approached the court.
His movable assets include Rs. 92,500 cash in hand, Rs. 50.20 lakh of bank deposits, life insurance policies with an aggregate surrender value of over Rs. 15.40 lakh.
Mr Banerjee has shown total income of Rs. 75.03 lakh in his tax return for the financial year 2017-18 while his wife’s total income of more than Rs. 1.51 crore is shown in the tax return for the same fiscal year. He also has declared that there is no pending criminal case against him.