Guwahati, April 5, 2019
Out of the 184 candidates in fray in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election, 131 (71%) are crorepatis with Chief Minister Pema Khandu becoming the richest one. The crorepati candidates are 71 per cent of the total candidates contesting in 60 assembly constituencies.
Khandu is the richest candidate in the fray with total assets of worth Rs 163 crore while Congress candidate Dayum Para has declared zero assets. As many as 26 (14 per cent) candidates have declared criminal charges of serious in nature in 2019 as against seven (5 per cent) in the last elections, when 148 candidates had contested, as reports.
Congress candidate Nabam Tuki, who is contesting from Sagalee seat, has declared highest liabilities of Rs 20 crore. Khandu is contesting from Mukto assembly constituency in Tawang district. He declared his movable assets worth Rs 143,87,82,786 and immovable assets worth Rs 19,62,75,356. His assets have been increased by Rs 33.93 crore in the last five years. In 2014, he declared his assets worth Rs 129.57 crore.
Among the crorepati candidates, 54 from BJP, 30 from Congress, 21 from NPP, 11 from JD (U), 7 from JD (S). Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who is contesting from Chowkham seat in Namsai district, has declared his assets worth Rs 64,70,52,762.
The state will go to simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls on April 11th, 2019. The BJP has already won three seats in the 60-member Assembly after they were elected unopposed.