Kolkata: 106 applicants in the fray for the third and fourth part of the Bengal assembly polls richest, while 128 candidates have criminal cases registered against them. Affidavits documented by the candidates uncover that 61 of the 418 applicants in the third stage and 45 of the 345 candidates in the fourth stage are multi-millionaires.
West Bengal Election Watch said 80 aspirants in the third phase and 48 candidates in the fourth phase have declared criminal cases, including serious offences like murder and rape, pending against them.
In the third phase, the Trinamool Congress heads the multi-millionaires’ list with 27 candidates, followed by the Bharatiya Janata Party with 14 and the Congress with 11. Sixty-two constituencies spread across Burdwan, Kolkata, Murshidabad and Nadia districts will go to polls in the third phase on April 21.
Forty-nine constituencies in Howrah and the North 24-Parganas will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 25. In the fourth phase, Trinamool has fielded 15 candidates with criminal cases, the BJP 7 and the Congress and the CPI-M 6 each.
The BJP’s Somabrata Mandal from Shyampukur constituency in Kolkata is the wealthiest candidate in the third phase with assets worth over Rs.28.65 crore. The second wealthiest candidate is of Trinamool Congress’s Jangipur nominee Jakir Hussain with Rs 21.95 crore.
The average worth of assets held by the 418 candidates in the third phase is Rs.74.76 lakh.