Shillong, March 8: Forty-five of the fifty-nine winning candidates in the 2023 Assembly elections are crorepatis. This was as per a statement issued by Meghalaya Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) after having analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 59 winning candidates.
These include 20 (77 per cent) out of 26 from NPP, 9(82 per cent) out of 11 from UDP, 4 (80 per cent) out of 5 from AITC, 3 (60 per cent) out of 5 from INC and 2 (100 per cent) out of 2 from BJP winning candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
The average of assets per winning candidate in the Meghalaya Assembly Elections 2023 is Rs 10.14 Crore while it was at Rs 7.18 crore in 2018.
The average assets per winning candidate for 26 NPP winning candidates is Rs 6.83 crore, 11 UDP winning candidates is Rs 19.96 crore, 5 AITC winning candidates is Rs 12.72 crore, 5 INC winning candidates is Rs 3.03 crore, 2 BJP winning candidates is Rs 14.91 crore and 2 Hill State People’s Democratic Party winning candidates have average assets worth Rs 32.21 crore.
The top three winning candidates with high assets are UDP chief and Mairang MLA Metbah Lyngdoh with Rs 1,46,31,51,838, HSPDP MLA Methodius Dkhar - Rs 55,10,00,487 and Sniawbhalang Dhar - Rs 45,35,80,343, while the winning candidates with the low assets are AITC legislator from Dadenggre Rupa M. Marak with Rs 5,19,949, VPP legislator from North Shillong with Rs 13,61,442 and UDP legislator from Mokaiaw Nujorki Sungoh with Rs 18,73,220.
A total of 8 winning candidates have declared liabilities of Rs 1 crores and above. Of this, the top 3 winning candidates are Metbah Lyngdoh with Rs 44,54,23,816, Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar with Rs 7,28,20,406 and Sosthenes Sohtun with Rs 4,78,90,545.
The 3 winning candidates who have declared the highest income in their Income Tax Returns include Sniawbhalang Dhar with Rs 30,39,76,984, Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar with Rs 4,64,89,741 and Methodius Dkhar with Rs 2,43,95,433.
Also, 3(12 per cent) out of 26 NPP winning candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
2 (8 per cent) out of 26 NPP winning candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
With regards to educational qualification, 17 (29 per cent) winning candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 8th pass and 12th pass, while 39 (66 per cent) winning candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate and above. 3 winning candidates are Diploma holders.
37 (63 per cent) winning candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years while 22 (37 per cent) winning candidates have declared their age to be between 51 and 80.
Meanwhile, only 3 (5 per cent) winning candidates are women.