35 crorepati and 22 criminal candidates in Tripura assembly polls fray
by Hemanta Kumar Nath, 11/02/2018, Guwahati

35 crorepati candidates out of the total 297 candidates contesting the Tripura assembly polls. Among the candidates, Jishnu Devvarma, BJP candidate from Charilam constituency emerged as the richest candidate in the poll bound state with assets over Rs 11 crore.Total value of Jishnu’s movable assets is Rs 71,38,073 and value of immovable assets is Rs 10,36,00,000.Apart from Jishnu Devvarma, 34 other crorepati candidates are in fray in Tripura assembly polls scheduled on February 18 next.

Among the crorepati candidates, 18 candidates from BJP, 9 from INC, 4(7%) out of 57 candidates from CPI (M), 2 from INPT, 1 each from IPFT and AITC have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore. On the other hand, 22 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.Out of these, 17 candidates have been accused serious criminal charges. Among the 17, 9 candidates are from BJP , 3 from Congress, 2 IPFT, 1 Trinamool Congress and 1 independent candidate.

Martujuddin Choudhury, an Independent candidate contesting from Bagbassa constituency is accused serious criminal charges related to murder. Among the candidates accused with grave charges include BJP vice president Subal Bhowmik, senior leaders Ratan Lal Nath and Sudip Roy Barman, IPFT leaders Dhirendra Debbarma, Dhananjoy Tripura and senior Congress leader Gopal Chandra Roy.