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22 Crorepatis in Fray for Fourth-phase Election in Bengal, Trinamool Congress Contenders Top List

Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for the eight Trinamool Congress nominees is over Rs 4 crore, while the BJP and Congress candidates have average assets worth over Rs 2 crore.

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Updated:April 25, 2019, 8:24 PM IST
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22 Crorepatis in Fray for Fourth-phase Election in Bengal, Trinamool Congress Contenders Top List
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Kolkata: Of the 68 candidates across parties contesting from the eight West Bengal seats in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election, 22 have assets worth over Rs 1 crore and 14 have declared criminal cases against them, said a study on Thursday.

Among the candidates in the fray for the April 29 election in the state, the Trinamool Congress' Mamtaz Sanghamita from Bardhaman-Durgapur constituency has topped the crorepati list declaring over Rs 13-crore assets, followed by the party's Asansol nominee and yesteryear's actress Moon Moon Sen (Sreemati Dev Varma) with assets worth over Rs 10 crore.

The Congress' Baharampur candidate and party's state committee former president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has declared assets worth over Rs 10 crore, according to the study released here.

Apart from Sanghamita and Sen, there are four Trinamool Congress 'crorepati' contenders. While Satabdi Roy from Birbhum and Apurba Sarkar from Baharampur have declared assets worth over Rs 4 crore each, Mahua Moitra from Krishnanagar and Sunil Kumar Mondal from Bardhaman East have properties worth over Rs 2 crore each.

Besides Chowdhury, there are four Congress candidates — Ranajit Mukherjee (Bardhaman-Durgapur), Imam Hossain (Birbhum), Biswarup Mondal (Asansol) and Intaj Ali Shah (Krishnanagar) — declaring assets worth Rs 1 crore each.

Of the eight Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates, six are crorepatis.

Union Minister Babul Supriya, who is seeking a re-election from Asansol, has declared assets worth over Rs 5 crore, while the party's Bardhaman-Durgapur nominee and Union Minister SS Ahluwalia has shown assets worth over Rs 2 crore.

The BJP's Krishnanagar candidate Kalyan Chaubey, a former Indian goalkeeper, has declared assets worth more than Rs 2 crore, while party's Bardhaman East's nominee Paresh Chandra Das and Jaggannath Sarkar contesting from Ranaghat seat have shown assets worth over Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore, respectively.

Two Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidates have declared over Rs 1 crore assets.

Average assets per candidate contesting from the eight constituencies in the fourth phase is Rs 1.29 crore based on their self-sworn affidavits, according to an analysis done by the West Bengal Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms.

Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for the eight Trinamool Congress nominees is over Rs 4 crore, while the BJP and Congress candidates have average assets worth over Rs 2 crore.

One Independent candidate, Samir Biswas, contesting elections in the fourth phase polls in the eastern state has not declared his PAN details while only 41 candidates have given their ITR (income tax return) details, the report said.

"Out of 68 candidates analysed, 14 (25%) candidates have declared criminal cases against them," the study said.

According to it, 24 candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 5th and 12th standard, while 44 candidates have shown having education qualification of graduation or above.
(Get detailed and live results of each and every seat in the Lok Sabha elections and state Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim to know which candidate/party is leading or trailing and to know who has won and who has lost and by what margin. Our one-of-its-kind Election Analytics Centre lets you don a psephologist’s hat and turn into an election expert. Know interesting facts and trivia about the elections and see our informative graphics. Elections = News18)
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