Press Release: Sikkim Assembly Election 2024 : Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of Winning Candidates

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Date: June 3, 2024
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Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Sikkim Election Watch have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 32 winning candidates in the Sikkim 2024 Assembly Elections. 



Summary and Highlights

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Figure: Final Party Position

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Criminal Background   

  • Winning candidates with criminal cases: Out of the 32 winning candidates analysed in 2024 2(6%) winning candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of 32 MLAs analysed during Sikkim Assembly elections in 2019none of the winners have any declared criminal cases against themselves.
  • Note: P S Tamang has contested from two constituencies and won from both constituencies. He is the only one winner who has declared criminal cases against himself.

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Figure: Comparison of declared criminal cases of MLAs of 2009, 2014, 2019 vs Winning candidates 2024


Financial Background

  •  Crorepati Winning candidates: Out of the 32 winning candidates analysed, 31 (97%) are crorepatis. Out of 32 MLAs analysed during Sikkim assembly elections 2019, 24 (75%) MLAs were crorepatis.

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Figure: Percentage of Crorepati MLAs 2009, 2014, 2019 and Winning Candidates 2024

  • Party-wise crorepati winning candidates: 30 (97%) out of 31 from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha and 1 (100%) Sikkim Democratic Front winner candidate have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

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Figure: Party wise Percentage of Crorepati Winning Candidates

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Figure: Share of Wealth among Winning Candidates

  • Share of Wealth among winning candidates: The table given below shows the share of wealth among winning candidates in Sikkim Assembly Elections, 2024:

Value of assets (Rs.)

No. of winning candidates

Percentage of winning candidates

Rs. 10 crores and above

15

47%

Rs. 5 crores to Rs. 10 crores

11

34%

Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 5 crores

5

16%

Less than Rs. 1 crore

1

3%

Table: Share of Wealth among winning candidates

  • Average assets: The average assets per winning candidate in the Sikkim Assembly Elections 2024 is Rs 21.65 Crores. The average assets per MLA in the Sikkim Assembly Elections 2019 was Rs 8.63 crore.
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Figure: Comparison of Average Assets (Rs. in Crores) 2009, 2014, 2019 vs 2024

  • Party wise average assets: The average assets per winning candidate for 31 Sikkim Krantikari Morcha winning candidates is Rs 20.47 Crores and 1 Sikkim Democratic Front winner candidate has average assets worth Rs 58.27 Crores.
  • High assets winning candidates: The top three winning candidates with high assets are given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party Name

Movable Assets (Rs)

Immovable Assets (Rs)

Total Assets (Rs)

PAN Given

1

Delay Namgyal Barfungpa

Gangtok

Gangtok (BL)

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha

1,00,65,292

1,36,51,64,568

1,37,52,29,860
 137 Crore+

Y

2

Nar Bahadur Dahal

Gangtok

Khamdong-Singtam

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha

56,43,46,722

17,67,45,181

74,10,91,903 
 74 Crore+

Y

3

Samdup Lepcha

Mangan

Lachen Mangan (BL)

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha

7,91,83,861

58,05,51,376

65,97,35,237 
 65 Crore+

Y

 Table: Top three winning candidates with highest declared assets 

  • Winning candidates with high liabilities: 7 winning candidates have declared liabilities of Rs 1 crore and above, and the details of the top 3 winning candidates are as follows:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party Name

Total Assets(Rs)

Liabilities (Rs)

PAN Given

1

Tenzing Norbu Lamtha

Gangtok

Shyari (BL)

Sikkim Democratic Front

58,27,07,142 
 58 Crore+

23,21,87,700
 23 Crore+

Y

2

Nar Bahadur Dahal

Gangtok

Khamdong-Singtam

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha

74,10,91,903 
 74 Crore+

19,01,50,431
 19 Crore+

Y

3

Delay Namgyal Barfungpa

Gangtok

Gangtok (BL)

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha

1,37,52,29,860
 137 Crore+

7,05,04,729 
 7 Crore+

Y

 Table: Top three winning candidates with high liabilities


Other Background Details

  • Education Details of winning candidates: 11 (34%) winning candidates have declared their educational qualification to be between 8th pass and 12th pass, while 18 (56%) winning candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate and above. 2 winning candidates are Diploma holders and 1 winner candidate has declared himself to be just literate.
  • Age details of winning candidates: 11 (34%) winning candidates have declared their age to be between 31 and 50 years while 21 (66%) winning candidates have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years.
  • Gender details of winning candidates: Out of 32 winning candidates analysed, 4 (12.5%) winning candidates are women. In 2019, out of 32 MLAs, 3 (9%) MLAs were women.

Comparative Analysis Of Assets Of Re-Elected MLAs


  • Number of re-elected MLAs: Number of re-elected MLAs analysed in the Sikkim assembly elections of 2024 is 14.
  • Average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2019: The average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2019 was Rs 6.31 crore.
  • Average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2024: The average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2024 is Rs 14.86 crores.
  • Average growth in assets of re-elected MLAs from 2019 to 2024: The growth in average assets of re-elected MLAs is Rs 8.55 crores i.e. by 135%.
Comparative analysis of party wise average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2019 and 2024

S.No.

Party in Sikkim Assembly 2024

Total Number of Re-elected MLAs

Average Assets in Sikkim 2024 (Rs.)

Average Assets in Sikkim 2019 (Rs.)

Average Asset Increase (Rs.)

Average
% Increase in Asset

1.

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha

14

14,86,21,058  
14 Crore+

6,31,17,584    
6 Crore+

8,55,03,474   
8 Crore+

135.47%

GRAND TOTAL

14

14,86,21,058.28  
14 Crore+

6,31,17,583.78  
6 Crore+

8,55,03,474.5  
8 Crore+

135%

Table: comparative analysis of party wise average assets of re-elected MLAs in 2019 and 2024

Association for Democratic Reforms/National Election Watch/ Sikkim Election Watch

 

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