New Delhi, April 11: The average assets of the re-contesting MLA's in Assam has risen by Rs 1.24 crore between 2011 and 2016.
The Assam Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 99 outgoing MLAs who are contesting again in the 2016 Assam Assembly Elections.
MLAs got richer:
Average Assets in 2011 Elections: The average assets of these 99 re-contesting MLAs fielded by various parties including independents in 2011 were Rs 1.33 crores (Rs. 1, 33,75,527 ).
Average Assets in 2016 Elections: The average assets of these 99 re-contesting MLAs in 2016 is Rs 2.58 crores (Rs. 2, 58, 18,964).
Average Asset change from 2011 to 2016: The average assets of these 99 re- contesting MLAs, between the Assam Elections of 2011 and 2016 increased by Rs. 1.24 crores (1,24,43,436).
Percentage change in assets from 2011 to 2016 Average percentage increase in assets for these 99 re-contesting MLAs is 93%.
Criminal cases reduced:
The criminalization of Assam politics has decreased in the Assam Assembly Election 2016 in comparison to the Assam Assembly Election 2011.
In 2011, a total of 99 candidates with declared criminal record out of 955 candidates (10%) contested the elections, but in Assam Assembly Election 2016 total 72 Candidates out of 1062 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves (7%).
Read more: Special Coverage: Assembly Elections 2016
However, less number of candidates contested in the 2011 Assam Assembly Election with serious criminal record in comparison to the Election of 2016. Now 57 (5%) candidates with serious criminal record are contesting whereas in 2011, total 37 (4%) candidates with serious criminal record contested.
In 2011 only 13% Crorepati candidates contested, but 2016, the number of Crorepatis has increased to 22%.