Vicky Nanjappa

Of the 258 candidates in the electoral fray in Manipur for the forthcoming assembly elections, only three have criminal charges registered against them.

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms, which analyses the affidavits filed by candidates, only three face criminal charges.

As many as 33 candidates contesting the assembly polls are crorepatis.

Incidentally, 66 per cent of candidates have never filed income tax returns and 35 per cent of them have not furnished their PAN details.

There are 246 male candidates in the fray and only 12 women candidates.

The ADR has also compared the asset details of 41 legislators, who are contesting this year, with the information furnished by them during the earlier elections in 2007.

Not surprisingly, there is a whopping increase in the assets of these members of legislative assembly. On an average, their assets have grown from Rs 23 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore, leading to a considerable percentage growth of 414 per cent.

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