The government, political outfits and candidates are likely to spend Rs. 30,000 crore on this year's Lok Sabha elections, if a study conducted by the Centre for Media Studies is to be believed. This amount will make the polls by far the most expensive electoral exercise in the country's history.
Government's expenditure on an elector went up manifold, 20 times to be precise, from the first general elections to the 15th general elections held in 2009. In the first elections, the government spent Rs. 0.60 on an elector whereas it went on to spend Rs. 12 in the 2009 general elections. Considering expenditure in absolute terms, Rs. 10.45 Crore were spent in 1951-52 whereas Rs. 846.67 Crore was the amount the government spent for 2009 general elections.
From the first Lok Sabha elections in 1951-52 till the 15th such polls in 2009, it has been a long journey for democracy and the money behind it. Here is a look at the journey of money in the world's largest vote.
Data source: Indiaspend