59% candidates in Nagaland Assembly elections are crorepatis: ADR


Kohima: Fifty-nine percent of the candidates for the February 27 Assembly elections are crorepatis with JD(U) nominee Ramongo Lotha being the richest with a total wealth of Rs 38.92 crore, an analysis of the affidavits said. The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analyzed the affidavits of 193 aspirants out of a total of 196 candidates, found out that 114 candidates are crorepatis.
The findings were announced by Hekani Jakhalu of YouthNet Nagaland, a prominent youth organization, at a press meet on Wednesday.
The affidavits of three candidates could not be analyzed as their affidavits in the public domain of the Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer was not at all clear, Jakhalu said. Lotha, a retired IAS officer, has movable assets worth Rs 22,81,960 and immovable assets at Rs 38,69,40,000 taking his total wealth to Rs 38.92 crore, the ADR analysis said.
The JD(U) nominee is contesting the elections from Sanis seat in Wokha district.
Akavi N Zhimomi fighting on APP ticket from Ghaspani-I assembly seat in his affidavit has shown nil movable and immovable assets, the analysis said.
Nagland Chief Minister T R Zeliang contesting on Naga People’s Front (NPF) ticket from Peren seat has declared in his affidavit that his total assets (both movable and immovable) are worth Rs 3.52 crore, it said.
Former three-time chief minister and NDPP nominee from Northern Agamai-II seat Neiphiu Rio have movable assets worth Rs 15.37 crore.