Lakhs of rupees spent in 'Pappu campaign' by election authorities seems to have gone in waste as only 52 per cent of 1.1 crore electorate in seven seats exercised their franchise in the recently held Lok Sabha elections in Delhi.
Buoyed by the success of 'pappu campaign' in November Assembly elections, the Election Commission had launched the massive campaign again to woo the voters, especially the youngsters, to come out and cast their vote.
"Expenditure in the campaigning has not been calculated so far, but it is estimated that nearly 90 lakhs was spent. Almost same amount was spent in November Assembly election," Chief Electoral Officer Satbir Silas Bedi told PTI.
Bedi had expected that the voter turnout in the Delhi LS polls would be around 55 per cent.
"We were expecting 55 per cent turnout looking at the popularity of the Pappu campaign. But nevertheless, since these were Lok Sabha elections where issues are of entirely different nature to impact the decision of the voters, 52 per cent is not bad."
Only around 56 lakhs electorate took pain to turn up to vote on the D-day.