Moving away from the popular belief that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had the least to spend on their campaign trail, the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections in Gurgaon has a different story to tell.
According to the data submitted to the Election Commission (EC), on April 7, while the AAP spent more than Rs 56 lakh, it outspent Rao Inderjit Singh of BJP by more Rs 22 lakh.
However the AAP claimed that while other parties had under-reported their expenses, it was a proof of their transparency in disclosing money spent to their campaigning.
“The entire expenditure system is faulty because in spite of spending a 100 times more than us, other political parties have managed to manipulate their expenses and accounts. Further, it also shows our transparency and authenticity,” said Yogendra Yadav, Gurgaon’s AAP candidate.
The AAP was followed by the BJP, the BSP, the INC and the INLD respectively in the list of expenditure.
While the information collected has been provided by the parties, they have time till June 16, to further assess their total expenses and make changes, after which the documents and the amount would be corroborated by the EC.