Thursday, June 6, 2019

BJP spent nearly ₹27000 crores in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, says report

According to a report released by the Centre for Media Studies, the BJP spent nearly ₹27000 crores in the recent Lok Sabha polls, which is about 45 % of the total expenditure

In one of India’s most expensive general elections, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) spent nearly ₹27000 crores, claimed a report released by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS) on Monday.

It is about 45 % of the total expenditure, said the report. As per the report, in total ₹60,000 crore were spent in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

“The BJP spent about 20% in 1998 against about 45% in 2019 out of the total poll expenditure estimate, taking it from 9,000 crore in 1998 to ₹55,000 crore. In 2009, the Congress’s share was 40% of total expenditure, against 15 to 20% in 2019,” the report stated.

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As per the report, on an average nearly ₹100 crores per Lok Sabha constituency has been spent in this election.

According to the report, around ₹12,000-15000 crore was distributed to the voters directly, ₹20,000- 25,000 crore was spent on publicity, ₹5,000-6,000 crore on logistics, ₹10,000-12,000 crore on formal expenditure and ₹3,000-6,000 crore was spent for miscellaneous purposes.

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The scale of expenditure should “scare us” opines the report.

“The scale of the expenditure should scare us and compel us to think of taking corrective steps to build a stronger democracy,” said CMS’s chairman N Bhaskara Rao.

Highlighting that the more the expenditure, the “more vicious and uglier” the campaigns become, reports suggests that the amount spent by the Election Commission is nearly 15-20 % of the total amount.

“It is high time the Parliament deliberate on poll expenditure for campaigns, and about election funding, preceded by serious national discussions,” reads the report.-NH

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