The big guns
Finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley, is the richest minister in Narendra Modi's cabinet, with declared assets of Rs 72.10 crore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared total assets of Rs 1.26 crore, while not listing any vehicle or household goods.
While Jaitley is on top, he is followed by Maneka Gandhi at Rs 37.68 crore, Piyush Goyal at Rs 31.67 crore and Najma Heptullah at Rs 29.70 crore.
Quite a few ministers in the Narendra Modi government possess guns and rifles, according to their declaration of assets that is posted on the website of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has declared a .32 bore revolver and two guns valued at Rs 10,000 each; his total assets are Rs 2.56 crore.
Others with similar weapons include former army chief VK Singh, who's now minister for development of the northeast region, Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda and TC Gehlot, minister for social justice and empowerment.
Singh and his wife own a rifle, a pistol and two guns, estimated at a total of Rs 3 lakh. Gowda's armoury includes a .32 revolver purchased in 2002 and an SPBL gun acquired in 1989, valued at Rs 65,000.
Gehlot has a .32 bore revolver and a .315 gun, valued together at Rs 83,000.
Text: Nivedita Mookerji, Business Standard
Image: Arun Jaitley, finance and defence minister.
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