Sinlung /
26 March 2014

UDF's Royte richest candidate in Mizoram

AIZAWL: With assets worth Rs 31.53 crore, Robert Romawia Royte, United Democratic Front (UDF)'s nominee for the Mizoram's lone Lok Sabha seat is the richest among the three candidates in the fray. The state will go to polls on April 9.

Royte and his wife, according to an affidavit submitted to the returning officer and deputy commission of Aizawl district, Juhi Mukherjee, have Rs 5 lakh and Rs 4 lakh cash in hand respectively. While Royte has Rs 19.27 crore worth of moveable assets and Rs 12.27 crore worth of immovable property, his wife has Rs 45.63 lakh and Rs 2.5 crore in movable and immovable assets. The total worth of his assets including his wife's, is Rs 34.49 crore.

A government employee who voluntarily resigned from service while working in the school education department, Royte is the proprietor and chief managing director of North East Consultancy Services (NECS). He is also the chairman of the TT Royte Group.

He has been fielded as an independent candidate by the 8-party alliance known as UDF which comprises the state's opposition parties—Mizo National Front, Mizoram People's Conference, Zoram Nationalist Party, BJP, NCP, Mara Democratic Front, Paite Tribes Council and Hmar People's Convention.

The second wealthiest candidate in Mizoram is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s nominee M Lalmanzuala, who has Rs 10,000 in hand, while his wife has Rs 5,000 cash in hand. The retired IAS officer claimed to have Rs 2.11 crore and Rs 4.05 crore in moveable and immoveable assets respectively, while his wife's moveable assets are valued at Rs 22 lakh.

C L Ruala, sitting MP and Congress's nominee is the 'poorest' among candidates, with Rs 5 lakh in hand. He has Rs 41,53,421.83 and Rs 2,15,80,000 in moveable and immoveable assets respectively.

Independent candidate Vanlalngaia withdrew his nomination on Monday leaving only three candidates in the fray.

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