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UPPL’s Manaranjan Brahma richest candidate in history of Assam Assembly election

GUWAHATI: A total of 90 crorepatis — multi-millionaires — are contesting in the third phase of the Assam assembly elections. The richest among them is United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) Manaranjan Brahma with assets worth Rs. 268 crore.

Dulu Ahmed of the AJP is second in line with declared assets worth Rs. 43 crore. He will contest from Hajo. Romen Chandra Borthakur of the Congress, with declared assets worth Rs. 31 crore is the third richest on the list.

Notably, Manaranjan Brahma, who will be contesting in Kokrajhar (W) is the richest-ever candidate in the history of the Assam Assembly elections.

As many as 25 of the candidates contesting in the third phase will have assets worth at least Rs. 5 crore.

In contrast, Sabendra Basumatary, a Voters Party International candidate with assets worth only Rs. 2,500, is the poorest candidate.

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The crorepatis make up 27% of the candidates, NGO Association for Democratic Reforms, which analyzed the self-sworn affidavits of all 337 candidates in the third phase, said today.

Among the major parties 10 (77%) out of 13 candidates analyzed from AGP, 13 (65%) out of 20 candidates analysed from BJP, 15 (63%) out of 24 candidates analyzed from Congress, 5 (63%) out of 8 candidates analyzed from Bodoland Peoples Front, 6 (50%) out of 12 candidates analyzed from AIUDF and 10 (46%) out of 22 candidates analyzed from Assam Jatiya Parishad have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore.

The average of assets per candidate contesting in the Assam Assembly Elections 2021 Phase III is Rs 2.20 Crores.

Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 20 BJP candidates analyzed is Rs. 4.07 Crores, 8 Bodoland Peoples Front candidates analyzed is Rs 4.05 crores, 24 Congress candidates analyzed is Rs 3.92 Crores, 22 Assam Jatiya Parishad candidates have average assets of Rs 3.58 crores, 12 AIUDF candidates have average assets of Rs 3.40 crores, 13 AGP candidates have average assets of Rs 2.90 crores and 8 SUCI(C) candidates have average assets worth Rs. 16.75 lakh.

Assam will vote from Saturday to April 6 in three rounds for a new government. The results will be declared on May 2.

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