GUWAHATI: The third phase of the Assam assembly election was being contested by the wealthiest candidate in the history of state elections. Out of the total 264 crorepati candidates in the fray in the state’s 126 assembly constituencies, United Peoples Party Liberal (UPPL)’s Kokrajhar West constituency candidate Manaranjan Brahma has declared to have the highest assets worth over Rs 268 Crore.
Altogether 946 candidates were in the fray for the election to the 126-member Assam Legislative Assembly.
The Assam Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) which have analysed the candidates in the fray for the state elections said that in the third phase of state polls, out of the 337 candidates, 90 (27%) were crorepatis.
As per the analysis, while Manaranjan Brahma has the highest assets worth around Rs 2, 68, 27, 67,128; Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP)’s Hajo candidate Dulu Ahmed was the second richest candidate in the third phase. Ahmed has assets worth Rs 43 crore. Congress’s Jalukbari candidate Romen Chandra Borthakur was listed as the third richest in the phase with assets worth over Rs 31 crore.
Jalukbari constituency’s sitting MLA and state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has declared to have assets worth over Rs 17 crore.
The poorest candidate in the third phase was identified as Sabendra Basumatary, contesting from Bongaigaon seat from the Voters Party International. He has declared to have an asset of only Rs 2000.
The ADR report came amidst the ongoing voting of the first phase of Assam assembly elections on Saturday. The Assam Assembly election will be held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.
There were 264 candidates contesting in 47 constituencies going to polls in the first phase. For 39 seats in the second phase, 345 contestants were in the fray, while 337 would try their luck in 40 constituencies during the third phase of voting.
Assam has altogether 2,33,74,087 electors.