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BJP spent Rs 139.04 crore for Karnataka election: ADR report

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 6: The Karnataka BJP collected Rs 213.47 crore during the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 and spent Rs 139.04 crore for elections, reveals a report by Association for Democratic Rights (ADR).

ADR which is a private election watchdog has analysed spending by ten political parties such as BJP, INC, SP, AAP, BSP, CPM, CPI, NCP, AIADMK and AIFB. Interestingly, the spending of ruling JD(S) is not included as the details are not available with the Election Commission.

A sum of Rs 187.25 crore has been spent by eight parties analysed by ADR during the elections while the sum collected was Rs 356.04 crore. Of this the funds collected by the political parties at its central headquarters was Rs 269.94 crore and expenditure was Rs 112.14 crore. Karnataka state units have spent Rs 58.01 crore.

While BJP collected and spent the highest amount, Congress collected Rs 104.83 crore and spent Rs 34.49 crore for the election.

The major spending by the political parties was on publicity which amounted to Rs 129.72 crore followed by Rs 30.06 crore on travel, Rs 17.84 crore was paid to candidates and Rs 9.63 crore was for miscellaneous expenses.

Meanwhile, expenditure statements provided by NCP, AIADMK and Forward Bloc highlights zero expenditure at the central or at the state unit level despite the parties contesting in the election in Karnataka.

BJP’s maximum expense was for publicity which was Rs 122.68 crore which forms 72.01 per cent of its total expense. Congress spent Rs 23.79 crore.

Under publicity, all parties spent a huge chunk of funds for media advertisements which amounted to Rs 106.36 crore.

The star campaigners cost the political parties Rs 27.86 crore.

The ADR in its report has demanded all political parties submit their expenditure statements in the format prescribed by the Election Commission within the due deadline. Parties that fail the deadline should be penalized, it stated.

ADR also writes that names of donors who contribute to national and regional parties for election campaigns must be declared, irrespective of amount donated.

The ADR has noted that several political parties have not filed statements in the prescribed format.

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  • zakir, B'lore

    Thu, Feb 7 2019

    A appropriate tax should apply on collection and spent. An employee is liable to pay tax if exceeds 1 rupee and trader same, then why not "Dirty Political parties" .

    BIG INDUSTRIALIST snatch from COMMON MAN then donate to POLITICAL PARTY then same POLITICAL PARTY spend this money on COMMON MAN to lure for VOTE.

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 7 2019


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  • Nelson Dsouza, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 7 2019

    I wish the money was spent on good cause rather spending on election this includes for any parties not only BJP, So many people and children still dying in hunger and no roof on the top. We all have forgotten humanity. Its very sad !

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Thu, Feb 7 2019

    What ever they spend it will be a waste..? ;)

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  • Rajendra, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    Inspite of all, the central government maintained its dignity, by not making the alliance with JDS....😃😃😎

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  • Lenson, Udupi/Africa

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    BJP’s maximum spent was on Publicity. This tells the story of Modi.

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    This report is just like an income tax filing of a businessman in which real figure is much larger.
    When its former jailed minister Janardhan Reddy spent Rs500 crores alone for his daughter's wedding in the middle of the 'Demonetisation' The BJP expenses Rs 139.04 crore for Karnataka election may be an imaginary figure.
    The Election Commission itself spent a very big sum - Rs 3,500 crore - in 2014 to conduct the Lok Sabha polls in all of the 543 parliamentary constituencies of India. Rs 1.5 lakh crore estimated amount has been spent on elections in the past five years.Rs 30,000 crore estimated amount spent by government, political parties and candidates in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
    75 per cent of the funding for Indian political parties comes from unknown sources. There is practically no way of knowing exactly who donated and how much, at least for those below Rs20,000.
    These are some of the ways in which political parties in India receive their funding:

    > Voluntary contributions from individuals.
    > Cash donations through sale of coupons.
    > Donations from corporate houses.
    > Donations from electoral trusts of companies.
    > Membership fees.
    > Sale of assets, bank interest, sale of publications etc.

    By considering the 2014 base year of calculation. India has spent Rs10 crores per assembly and Rs 70 crores for Lok Sabha constituency.

    If we consider horse trading of Karnataka MLA's alone India would have built many health clinics, many free meals, even schools or resolve the agrarian crisis in one go.

    POLLS DON'T COME CHEAP. Forget demonetisation, what about black money at the heart of Indian democracy?

    Operation Kamala's are a curse for India.
    Jai Hind.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    Who authorised this ADR? Is that has Govt letter to get the details. If not how they can collect informations or r they authorised to order how and why all political parties has to file the details. EC itself has no right to know the names of donors of less than 2000

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    Then how much BJP spent in MP .. rajastan... it's more than 500 crore..... so one must think how much BJP is looking the country and it's people..... it's horrible..

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  • Sms, Kundapura

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    The question is where does these money come from. Is that demonetization impact?

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  • Karthik, Konaje/ Navi Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    For the parliamentary polls there'll be an additional expenditure, fees of EVM doctors.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    bjp collected heavy money & spent peanuts. results gol-mal.

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  • Tulunad Da Jawane, Dubai

    Wed, Feb 6 2019


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    Less than BJP ...

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  • Tulunad Da Jawane, Dubai

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    Tend to spend Less because not in Power right?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    Congress doesn't have Ambani, Adani & Ramdev ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 6 2019

    Gayee Bhais Pani Mein ...

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