Deep-pocket candidates try to wrest power

Guwhati: The Mizoram election seems to have turned into a race for crorepatis as a staggering 116 (56%) out of total 209 candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, as per an analysis undertaken by Mizoram Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms.

The number of crorepatis from Mizo National Front (MNF), which has been in the opposition in the state for ten years, has been the highest with 35 (88%) out of 40 candidates having assets worth more than Rs 1 crore. In fact, MNF has the two richest candidates contesting the polls this year — Lalrinliana Sailo and Robert Romawia Royte. In all, the average assets declared by MNF candidates stands at Rs 7.21 crore.

Ruling Congress party tailed MNF with 33 (83%) candidates who declared having more than Rs 1 crore of assets. The average assets declared by Congress candidates, however, are much less than that of MNF, at Rs 3.31 crore.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is fielding 17 candidates (43%) who have more than Rs 1 crore as declared assets. The BJP is contesting polls in Mizoram for the first time and has fielded 39 candidates. The average assets of the party candidates stand at Rs 1.66 crore.

MNF candidate Lalrinliana Sailo, who recently resigned from Congress, has declared total assets worth more than Rs 100 crore. Sailo is contesting from Hachhek constituency.

With Rs 44 crore of declared assets, Aizawl Football Club owner Robert Romawia Royte and MNF candidate for Aizawl East II constituency is the second richest candidate in fray for the upcoming assembly polls.

Meanwhile, independent candidate C Laltanpuia from East Tuipui is the third richest candidate with assets worth Rs 30 crore.

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