Reimbursement of medical bills is the surest way to enjoy the crunchy sound of cash. Even the state’s MLA millionaires can’t resist missing out on the booty. After winning elections for more than five terms and disclosing assets worth crores in their candidature affidavits, four MLAs have submitted medical bills for astronomical amounts to the Gujarat Assembly.
Information obtained through RTI reveals that MLAs in the 14th Gujarat Assembly sanctioned medical bills up to Rs 5.72 crores. The particulars of the bills show expenses incurred for treatment in private hospitals. The Vibes of India understands that many MLAs got the bills approved by depositing them in the Salary Allowance Branch of the Gujarat Assembly. As the profiles of some MLAs suggest, there’s nothing like excess money.
He’s a former minister of the Gujarat Government and former speaker of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. A sixth term as MLA from Idar adds to this glittering career profile. Now, the numbers that matter. Vora has 13 bank accounts and a total balance of Rs 54,03,935 in all of them. His wife and he own shares worth Rs. 4,02,000. In the 2022 elections, he claimed to have assets worth Rs 2.3 crore.
In all, he has submitted 17 medical bills for treatment (Rs 7,000, Rs 6,603, Rs 5,459, Rs 8,142, Rs 3,444, Rs 3,256, Rs 6,884, Rs 13,405, Rs 8,143, Rs 8,212, Rs 14,366, Rs 18,024, Rs 10,976, Rs 7,162, Rs 10,934, Rs 21,453, Rs 19,961).
The Congress MLA from Chhota Udepur holds the record of becoming an MLA for the maximum number of times in the history of the Gujarat Assembly. Rathwa became an MLA 10 times by contesting 11 elections. He has been sanctioned 23 medical treatment bills. Rs 2,08,306, Rs 7,30,300 and Rs 3,82,025 comprise the big bills. VOI understands he has managed to approve bills worth Rs 17,58,501.
Senior MLA Niranjan Patel enjoyed six terms for the Congress before being dropped in favour of Dr Kalpesh Parmar. He has been approved seven medical bills (Rs 41,552, Rs 47,488, Rs 6,21,786, Rs 4,56,044, Rs 37,959, Rs 27,396 and Rs 6,09,488). In all, his bills worth Rs 18,41,735 were cleared.
As many as six medical bills were approved in the assembly by Raghavji Patel, the state agriculture minister and MLA from Jamnagar Rural. He was able to sanction bills worth Rs 3,00,320.