4 Cong crorepatis book berth in Tripura Assembly

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Agartala, Mar 08: Altogether four of the seven crorepati Congress candidates have been managed to secure a berth in the Assembly. Two other candidates, from the Congress and CPI (M), have liabilities of more than Rs ten lakh each.

According to a Tripura Election Watch committee report, Congress candidate from 21-Sonamura segment Subal Bhowmik, who had declared highest assets amounting to Rs 15.88 crore, was elected, beating his nearest rival from CPI(M) Deputy Speaker Subal Rudra by 829 votes.

Three other Congress candidates, who won the elections were Dilip Sarkar from Badharghat having assets worth Rs 25,484,972, Birajit Sinha from Kailashahar with Rs 13,602,126 and Gopal Roy from Banamalipur with Rs 22,639,214, the report pointed out.

With regard to educational qualifications, the report stated that the CPM had 20 graduates and two post-graduates as its members, the Congress had six graduates and one post-graduate and 10 MLAs (10 per cent) of the total elected representatives had failed to clear the matriculation examinations.

A total of 39 (65 per cent) MLAs (2003) had made it again to the Assembly (2008), of these, 31 (79 per cent) are from the CPM, five (13 per cent) from Congress and one each from CPI, INPT and RSP, the report stated.

Out of the 60 MLAs only three (5 per cent) were women, all of them from the CPM. The success rate of women candidates as a whole was 10 per cent (three won out of total 31 women candidates), while for men candidates it was 20 per cent.

The report, however, underlined that former Chief Minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumdar (Congress) was elected with pending criminal cases, he was charged of criminal conspiracy, cheating, dishonesty and forgery.

Interestingly, Sukumar Barman of CPI(M), who won from Nalchar, has not mentioned PAN, despite high liabilities (more than Rs 10 lakh) from banks and financial institutions and two other winners from the Congress Gopal Roy and Dilip Sarkar either did not have or were reluctant to mention their PAN, despite having the highest assets, the report added.

UNI

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