The Election Commission has become richer by over Rs 1 crore as 1,122 candidates lost their security deposit out of a total of 1,351 who contested the assembly elections.
A candidate has to give Rs 10,000 as security deposit, while the amount for a Scheduled Caste candidate it is Rs 5,000. Those who get less than 1/6th of the total valid votes lose their deposits. NOTA (none of the above) votes are not considered in the valid votes’ category as per an EC letter dated December 7 last year. As per Shrikant Walgad, chief electoral officer, Haryana, the budget for assembly elections was around Rs 30 crore. “But the total expenditure must have gone beyond that,” he said.
The maximum candidates, 30, lost their deposit in Bhiwani assembly segment. Here, except the winner, Ghanshyam Saraf of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), everyone else lost deposit. It is followed by Assandh where 27 candidates lost their deposit.
Here also except the winner, Bakhshish Singh Virk of the BJP, everyone else lost the deposit.
In Karnal, from where CM-designate Manohar Lal Khattar of the BJP won, all the remaining 13 candidates lost their deposit.
In Ateli, Gurgaon, Ballabhgarh and Indri, too, all candidates except the winners forfeited their deposit. BJP’s Santosh Yadav, Umesh Aggarwal and Mool Chand Sharma had won from Ateli, Gurgaon and Ballabhgarh, respectively. In Garhi Sampla Kiloi, from where outgoing chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda won, except him and runner-up Satish Kumar Nandal of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) everyone else’s security deposit has been forfeited.
The Congress candidates lost their deposits in 37 seats. The party had contested all the 90 seats and won 15. Prominent among those who lost deposit are former health minister Rao Narender Singh, former agriculture minister Satpal Sangwan and former chief parliamentary secretaries Anita Yadav and Prahlad Singh Gillankhera.
Sitting MLAs DK Bansal from Panchkula, Raj Pal from Sadhaura, Naresh Kumar from Badli and Yaduvender Singh from Kosli also lost their deposit. Former sports minister Sukhbir Kataria, who contested as an Independent also lost his deposit.
12 BJP CANDIDATES LOSE DEPOSIT
The BJP, which won 47 seats, lost deposit in 12 seats. These include Kharkhauda, Baroda, Kalanwali, Rania, Julana, Fatehabad, Nalwa, Adampur, Dabwali, Tosham, Garhi Sampla Kiloi and Ferozepur Jhirka.
The INLD, which contested 88 seats, has lost deposit in 23 seats. The party has got 19 seats.
The BSP, which won one of the 87 seats it contested, lost deposit in 79 seats.
The Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), which contested on 65 seats, has lost deposit in 58 seats. It could win only two seats.