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Three among four candidates in the fray for the bypoll to Tuirial assembly seat in Mizoram are crorepatis. Congress candidate Chalrosanga Ralte, the richest among the four, has total assets worth 26.9 crore, while BJP nominee K. Laldinthar is the poorest with total assets worth Rs 5.5 lakh. At least four candidates have filed nominations for the bypoll slated for October 30.

The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) has fielded party leader and public sector unit head K. Laldawngliana, while Congress fielded party leader and former legislator Chalrosanga Ralte.

Main opposition party Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) has fielded a newly recruited member and first-class contractor from Kolasib town Laltlanmawia and BJP tipped its party spokesperson and former student leader K. Laldinthara against three candidates.

All the four candidates have cleared scrutiny held on Monday, according to Kolasib deputy commissioner and district election officer H. Lalthlangliana.

The last date for withdrawal of candidature was fixed on October 13 (Wednesday), he said.

According to the affidavit submitted at the time of filing the nomination paper, Ralte possesses Rs 2.18 crore worth of moveable properties and Rs 24.71 crore worth immovable assets. His total assets are worth over Rs 26.9 crore.

Ralte stated in his affidavit that he possesses Rs 2 lakh in cash and his wife also has Rs 45,000 in cash.

His total deposits in 11 banks accounts are over Rs 10 crore and his spouse’s bank deposits are Rs 4.91 lakh.

Ralte owns eight motor vehicles, including two each of cars, medium trucks, pickup trucks and a scorpio, altogether worth Rs 66 lakh and his spouse has three motorcycles (scooters) worth Rs 1.57 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh.

Besides, the former Congress legislator also owns immoveable assets, including four agricultural (22.2 acre) lands and 5 non-agricultural lands (33,828.87 sq.m) worth Rs. 24.18 crore

The next richest candidate after Ralte is ZPM nominee Laltlanmawia, who possesses total assets worth Rs 15.16 crore.

He has Rs 50,000 in cash and his wife also possesses Rs 50,000 in cash.

Laltlanmawia and his spouse have total bank deposits of over Rs 1.5 crore.

He also owns at least 23 motor vehicles and construction vehicles, including 7 trucks, 6earth excavators, two tandem rollers and two SUV cars, worth 5.24 crore. His total moveable properties are worth Rs 8.25 crore.

The ZPM candidate also has immovable assets, including two each of agricultural and non-agricultural lands, worth 6.9 crore.

MNF candidate K. Laldawngliana and his spouse have Rs 9 lakh in cash. With his total bank deposits and motor vehicles, Laldawngliana’s total moveable properties are estimated at Rs 1.9 crore.

He also owns immoveable assets, including two non-agricultural lands worth over Rs 23 lakh. His total assets (moveable and immoveable) are worth Rs 6.7 crore.
BJP candidate K. Laldinthara has Rs 50,000 in cash and 5 lakh in bank deposit.

He has no immoveable asset.

None of the candidates has liabilities due to the government except for Chalrosanga Ralte, who has Rs 1.76 crore due to a financial institution, while Laltlanmawia has Rs 1 crore loan due to IndusInd Bank.

Laltlanmawia, 46, is the youngest among the four candidates.

Counting of votes for Tuirial bypoll will be held simultaneously with three parliamentary seats and 29 other assembly seats on November 2.

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