GUWAHATI: Over 100 crorepatis were in the fray for the first phase of Assam assembly elections to be held on March 27.
In a report released on Thursday, the Assam Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said that out of 259 candidates analysed, at least 101 (39%) were crorepatis.
Among the major parties nine (90%) out of 10 candidates analysed from Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), 31 (72%) out of 43 candidates analysed from Congress, 28 (72%) out of 39 candidates analysed from BJP and 15 (37%) out of 41 candidates analysed from Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) have declared assets worth over a crore.
As per the report, AGP’s Dibrugarh candidate Naren Sonowal has the highest declared assets amongst the candidates in the fray for the first phase. In his affidavits submitted before the Election Commission of India (ECI), Sonowal informed that he has a total asset worth Rs 33, 88, 12,364 (over Rs 33 crore).
BJP’s Dhakuakhana candidates Naba Kumar Doley came second in the list of crorepatis with an asset worth over Rs 25,52,78,617 (over Rs 25 crore). Congress’s Naoboicha candidate Bharat Narah has the third-highest asset of Rs 21, 78, 56,352 (over Rs 21 crore).
Amongst the candidates in the fray for the first phase, SUCI (C) candidate from Naoboicha- Anupam Chutia has the lowest assets. He has shown to have assets worth only Rs 15, 503.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal secured the 38th number in the list of the crorepati candidates in the first phase with a total asset worth over Rs 3, 17, 71,395.
The Assam Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 259 out of 264 candidates, who were contesting in the Assam assembly elections Phase I in the 47 constituencies. Assam Election Watch and ADR have not analysed five candidates as their affidavits were either badly scanned or complete affidavits were not uploaded on the ECI website.
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