Hyderabad: Within a span of five months the value of assets of Nara Lokesh, Telugu Desam Party general secretary and son of Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, grew up to 23 times.
In his nomination papers for an MLC seat on Monday, Lokesh submitted an affidavit to election authorities, indicating that the total value of his assets is around Rs 330 crore including Rs 273.84 crore in the form of shares in Heritage Foods, fixed assets worth Rs 18 crore and ancestral property worth Rs 38.52 crore. Besides, he had loans of Rs 6.27 crore.
The details of assets furnished by Lokesh to the Election Commission are in sharp contrast to the assets declared by him in public on October 19, 2016. As a part of “transparent” declaration of his family assets every year, he said the total value of properties owned by him was only Rs 14.50 crore, including Rs 2.52 crore in the form of shares in Heritage, Rs 1.64 crore worth shares in other companies and a car worth Rs 93 lakh. He also declared that he had taken loans of Rs 6.35 crore.
In fact, the Heritage Foods sold its retail business wing to Kishore Biyani-led Future Retail Ltd on November 8 last and retained only 3.65% stake worth Rs 295 crore in it. Yet, the value of shares held by Lokesh in the Heritage Foods has gone up from Rs 2.52 crore to Rs 273.84 crore.
Lokesh also declared the assets of his wife Nara Brahmani and two-year old son Devansh. In October, the total value of Brahmani’s assets was shown as Rs 5.38 crore and that of Devansh at Rs 11.70 crore, though in the election affidavit, the value of Brahmani’s assets was shown as nearly Rs 28 crore.
Lokesh had also declared the assets of his father Chandrababu Naidu and mother Bhuvaneshwari. While Naidu’s net worth was shown as Rs 67 lakh, his wife Bhuvaneshwari, the managing director of the family enterprise Heritage Foods, possesses assets worth Rs 33.66 crore.