"I enjoy reading these reports that describe my economic status. When people talk about this, I really enjoy," Sarkar told PTI.
Sarkar's personal property, movable and immovable, is valued at less than Rs 2.5 lakh - an amount woefully shy of the multi-crore rupees worth of property some of the country's chief minister possess.
As per the affidavit submitted by the Tripura chief minister, a post Sarkar holds for four consecutive terms, during filing of nomination for the Dhanpur constituency in the last Assembly election in January, he had Rs 1,080 cash in hand. His bank balance stood at just Rs 9,720, as per the affidavit.
Asked how he is leading such a clean and austere life at a time when corruption has become almost the order of the day among politicians, Sarkar said, "The credit of all this goes to my party. The party has imbibed this culture in me."
The CPI(M) politburo member said, "If I do not maintain that, then it will be an erosion inside me and the fall will start."
Sarkar is the longest serving Chief Minister of Tripura. He took over the reins of power in the tiny landlocked Northeastern state hemmed in by Bangladesh in 1998.