GUWAHATI, April 5 - Altogether 16 out of the total 41 candidates contesting in the five Lok Sabha seats of the State, which go to polls in the first phase, are crorepatis. Five of the candidates have declared criminal cases, four of which are serious in nature.
Polls to the Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Tezpur and Kaliabor Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 11.
While Independent candidate from Kaliabor and former MLA Jiten Gogoi is the richest candidate with total assets of Rs 9.03 crore, Congress�s Anil Borgohain, who is contesting from Lakhimpur, has declared the highest income in the last financial year among all the candidates, according to a report released by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR).
Having assets of Rs 5.11 crore, Borgohain has declared an income of Rs 3.75 crore in the last fiscal, according to his affidavit analysed by the ADR. Borgohain, a businessman, comes at number 9 in the list of top ten candidates in the country who have declared highest income.
The other crorepatis in the first phase are MGVK Bhanu (Congress, Tezpur, Rs 8.28 crore), Paban Singh Ghatowar (Congress, Dibrugarh, Rs 5.74 crore), Dilip Moran (Asam Drishti Party, Lakhimpur, Rs 2.96 crore), Sushanta Borgohain (Congress, Jorhat, Rs 2.15 crore), Kamala Raj Konwar (NPP, Jorhat, Rs 1.88 crore), Bhaben Baruah (NPP, Dibrugarh, Rs 1.73 crore), Diganta Kumar Saikia (Hindusthan Nirman Dal, Kaliabor, Rs 1.62 crore), Ram Bahadur Sunar (NPP, Tezpur, Rs 1.58 crore), Pallab Lochan Das (BJP, Tezpur, Rs 1.44 crore), Pradan Baruah (BJP, Lakhimpur, Rs 1.43 crore), Gaurav Gogoi (Congress, Kaliabor, Rs 1.37 crore), Topon Kumar Gogoi (BJP, Jorhat, Rs 1.25 crore), Bhaskar Sarma (Independent, Kaliabor, Rs 1.09 crore) and Nandita Nag (Independent, Jorhat, Rs 1.05 crore).
Independent candidate from Tezpur, Ziabur Rahman Khan, has declared two criminal cases pending against him, which include five serious IPC sections like kidnapping, robbery and murder. NPP candidate from Dibrugarh Bhaben Baruah has declared one case with three serious IPC sections, including extortion and forgery.
NCP candidate from Tezpur Mahendra Bhuyan has declared two cases, including two charges of criminal intimidation, while HND candidate from Kaliabor, Diganta Saikia, has declared one case of cheating and Jiten Gogoi one case of rioting.