According to West Bengal Election Watch (WBEW), 19 percent of the total candidates for the first phase have declared assets worth more than Rs1 crore.

Bhutia, contesting the polls from Darjeeling constituency tops the list with assets in excess of Rs18 crore while independent candidates from the same constituency, MP Lama and AK Agarwal have assets in excess of Rs 3 crore and Rs 2 crore respectively.

Polling for four seats Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar in the northern part of the state would be held April 17.Two of the four candidates each from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress, while one of the two Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) candidates and one out of the four Congress candidates are crorepatis.

The lone Revolutionary Socialist Party candidate is also a crorepati. As many as 16 candidates have declared more than Rs50 lakh worth of assets. The average assets per candidate contesting in the first phase are Rs94.40 lakh.

Regarding party-wise average assets, the Trinamool (four candidates) has maximum average asset of Rs5.25 crore. The BJP with four candidates is placed second with Rs1.02 crore while the Congress with the equal number of candidates has average asset of Rs1.01 crore.
 
As many as 20 of the 47 candidates have not declared their income tax details including four of them who possess property in excess of Rs 50 lakh, while six of the candidates have failed to give their PAN details.

Three of the five candidates with criminal background are contesting from Cooch Behar constituency making it a "Red Alert Constituency".

(Agencies)

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