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Clean sweep by crorepatis in Assam

The Congress' decisive victory in Assam has overshadowed a near-clean sweep by crorepatis. Rahul Karmakar reports.

india Updated: May 16, 2011 00:47 IST
Rahul Karmakar

The Congress' decisive victory in Assam has overshadowed a near-clean sweep by crorepatis.

Fifty of 981 candidates who contested Mandate 2011 were crorepatis. Forty-seven of them including chief minister Tarun Gogoi won. Their success rate: 94%.

The Congress has the most crorepati victors (31) followed by Asom Gana Parishad (six), Bodoland People's Front (four), All India United Democratic Front (three), BJP and Trinamool Congress (one each). One Independent, former AGP leader Jatin Mali, has also made it to the list.

Of these multi-millionaires, the AIUDF's Md Sirajuddin Ajmal (Jamunamukh seat) with total assets worth Rs 42.79 crore is way ahead of the second richest, Congress' Anjan Dutta (Amguri) whose net worth is Rs 10.9 crore. The AGP's Keshab Mahanta (Kaliabor) is at the bottom of the table with a little more than Rs 1 crore.

The poorest candidate among the 126 newly-elected members of assembly is Girindra Mallik of Congress (Dholai seat) with just Rs 53,377 in assets.

Dwipen Pathak, Trinamool's lone winner (Hajo constituency) among 107 candidates fielded, is sixth on the list of crorepati victors with Rs 5.55crore in assets. He also has the dubious distinction of being the winner with most criminal cases (three) against his name.

Pathak is one of 13 winners among 77 contestants with crime records. AIUDF leads this list with six candidates followed by Congress (four), and BJP, AGP and Trinamool (one each).

The new assembly, though, has more educated faces than before. Of the winners, 60 are graduates (18 of them professionals, mostly lawyers and doctors), 27 are post-graduates, 17 who did not study beyond higher secondary and 10 who stopped after passing class 10.

Gogoi, who pursued law, is among the graduate professionals. Five graduate winners have criminal records and one - Ali Hossain of AIUDF (Sarukhetri seat) - is a post-graduate.

Two newly-elected members studied up to class 8 and one up to class 5. The educational qualification of the remaining winners was not specified.