The assets of Trinamool Congress candidate and sitting MLA Jyotsna Mandi have increased by 1985.68%, according to a report released by poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

As per the affidavit filed by Mandi to the Election Commission, her total assets grew from 1,96,633 in 2016 to 41,01,144 in 2021, an increase of 39,04,511.

She is contesting the West Bengal assembly election from the Ranibandh (ST) constituency in Bankura district.

The West Bengal Election Watch and the ADR have conducted a joint survey of the affidavits of the 30 candidates contesting the first phase of assembly elections in West Bengal to be held on March 27.

Among other such contestants, the assets of Sudip Kumar Mukherjee, who won the Purulia assembly seat on Congress ticket in 2016 and now has joined the BJP, increased by 288.86%.

Mukherjee's declared net worth five years ago was 11,57,945, and now it is 45,02,782 in 2021.

The assets of Paresh Murmu, the TMC's sitting MLA from Keshiary (ST) constituency in Paschim Medinipur district, also rose by 246.34%. In 2016, his assets were worth 11,57,926 and now those are valued at 40,10,329, the survey found.

Several legislators also found their assets have decreased since 2016.

One of them is Biswanath Das, the sitting MLA of Jaynagar (SC) in South 24 Parganas district. His assets were worth 46,85,523 before the previous assembly election. Now, he declared that his net worth is 14,41,200, a decrease of 69.27%.

TMC MLA Sandhyarani Tudu's assets have decreased by 60.20%. The net worth of the lawmaker from the Manbazar (ST) seat in Purulia district was 53,97,129 in 2016 and it is 21,48,082 now, the survey found.

The elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly will be conducted in eight phases with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.

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