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West Bengal Election: TMC Has 114 Crorepati Contestants

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A supporter of the Trinamool Congress with his body painted in the colours of the party, celebrates on a street near party leader Mamata Banerjee's house in Kolkata, May 13, 2011. India's ruling Congress-led coalition overturned three decades of communist rule in the swing state of West Bengal on Friday, one of several regional poll victories that could give some respite for a beleaguered Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Congress alliance led by maverick populist Mamata Banerjee was leading in 215 seats out of the 294 at stake in the West Bengal state assembly, with the communists ahead in 72 seats, TV stations said. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

KOLKATA -- There are about 244 crorepatis out of 1,961 candidates contesting the ongoing West Bengal Assembly elections, with ruling Trinamool Congress leading the list at 114, a survey said.

"Out of 1,961 candidates contesting in this year's elections, 244 candidates are crorepatis," an analysis conducted by the West Bengal Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) said.

BJP is second on the list with 46 crorepati candidates, while Congress (31), Independent (19), CPIM (13), BSP (4), RSP and AIFB share two each and 11 other political outfits, including RJD, have one crorepati candidates each, the survey said.

Among the 1,961 candidates, 81 out of the 245 sitting MLAs are re-contesting in this year's elections and are crorepatis, it stated.

"The growth is about 112 per cent. In 2011, the average assets of those 245 MLAs were ₹60.11 lakh, while it rose to ₹1.27 crore in 2016," the analysis said.

In fact, among the highest growth of assets in top three sitting MLAs who are contesting is that of state Minister for Disaster Management, Javeb Khan.

"The growth of the Kasba MLA's asset was around 598 per cent. In 2011 his total assets valued to ₹2.16 crore, which rose to ₹17.29 crore in 2016," the survey read.

Khan was followed by fellow party MLA Saumen Kumar Mahapatra and Amit Mitra whose assets rose by around 344 and 66 per cent respectively, it said.

While Mahapatra, the state Water Investigation and Development minister had a total asset of ₹1.76 crore in 2011, it increased to ₹7.83 crore in 2016.


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