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Election Spending Mismatch


PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, April 2, 2014 18:10
Tags : Election spending mismatch | ADR | Lok Sabha elections |

While a clampdown on exorbitant spending on election campaigns has been one of the major strategies to ensure fairer elections, analysis by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) reveals that there is discordance between what political parties claim they have given their candidates for contesting, and what candidates claimed to have received from their parties. An analysis of 388 MPs, culls out the differences in the declarations made by political parties and their MPs on the lumpsum amounts granted and received during the Lok Sabha elections of 2009. While out of 277 MPs from national parties, 75 claimed to have received a total of Rs 7.46 crores, their parties declared that they had given Rs 14.19 crores to 138 MPs. That makes it a difference of Rs 6.72 crores, and 63 candidates. Among the regional parties, 15 MPs from 12 different parties belonging to 9 different states have mentioned various amounts as received from their respective parties which do not match their parties’ statements

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017