Over half of Mizorams candidates are millionaires

By: admin
Updated: 18 Nov 2013 04:41 AM

Aizawal: More than half of the 142
candidates contesting the Nov 25 Mizoram assembly elections are
millionaires, a report said Monday.

"Of the 142 contesting
candidates, 75 (53 percent) are crorepatis. The average asset per
candidate contesting in the elections is Rs.2.31 crore," a report of the
National Election Watch (NEW) said.

The report said the average
asset per Congress candidate (40 candidates) is Rs.2.52 crore, and for 38
candidates of Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), a local party, the average is
Rs.3.13 crore. For the 31 candidates of Mizo National Front (MNF), the
main opposition party, it is Rs.2.69 crore and the average assets of 17
BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) candidates is Rs.10.05 lakh.

and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) prepared the report after
analysing the affidavits of all the 142 candidates in the fray for the 40
seats of the Mizoram assembly.

According to the NEW report, the
top three candidates with highest declared assets are R. Lalawia of the
ZNP with declared assets worth Rs.68.69 crore followed by K. Sangthuama of
the MNF with assets worth Rs.25.57 crore, and Rinzawna of the ZNP with
assets worth Rs.12.19 crore.

Among the 75 millionaire candidates,
52 have not provided their PAN details while among the total number of
candidates 111 have not revealed their PAN details, the report said.
Mizos, as one of the the Scheduled Tribes, are exempt from income-tax.

Zoramchhani of the BJP, who is contesting from the Lengteng
constituency, is the poorest candidate with declared assets of only
Rs.3,800. She is among a dozen candidates with declared assets of less
than Rs.1 lakh.

The NEW report also said that 61 (43 percent)
candidates are between 25 and 50 years while the rest are between 51 and
80 years of age.

As for educational qualification, 97 (68
percent) are graduates or with higher degrees while the rest have either
passed Class 12 or less.

Six (four percent) of the 142 candidates
are women, one of them is contesting as an independent.

(two percent) of the 142 candidates have criminal cases against them. The
three belong to the ZNP and MNF parties.