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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Bhagwant Mann got Rs. 7.88 lakh help from Delhi AAP for campaigning

Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times  Sangrur, May 18, 2014
First Published: 21:40 IST(18/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:06 IST(18/5/2014)

Whereas leaders from traditional parties became victims of internal bickering and failed to get support of their own party men, the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann got good financial support from the party headquarters in Delhi to contest the elections. As per Bhagwant Mann's balance sheet accessed by social activist Kamal Anand, the AAP leadership in Delhi transferred ` 7.88 lakh to Bhagwant Mann's account by April 15, in three installments.

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Mann's balance sheet submitted in the first shadow register of the election expenditure revealed that he got the first installment of `4.61 lakh on April 9 for campaigning. On April 11, the party had transferred ` 18,201 to his account.

Similarly, the third installment of `3.08 lakh was transferred on April 15. Besides, Mann informed the election commission that till April 15, he had also deposited ` 2.61 lakh in the account, taking the total spending to `10.49 lakh.
 
Interestingly, by April 15 the expenditure of AAP candidate was close to the expenditure of other two main contenders Vijay Inder Singla of the Congress and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal. Mann spend only `3 lakh from his own pocket by April 15.

In his balance sheet, Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has mentioned that he had spent `10.06 by April 15 on his election campaign. 
However, according to Dhindsa's balance sheet, he did not get anything from his party but he transferred total `27.50 lakh in his account for the poll expenditure. As per his expenditure details Dhindsa had shown ` 7.5 lakh as expenditure on his election campaign. Besides, Dhindsa has mentioned that he had paid `1.66 lakh for advertisements in print media by April 15.

Also Congress candidate from Sangrur Vijay Inder Singla, who has spent `12.87 lakh on his election campaign by April 15, did not get any financial assistance from his party. His balance sheet revealed that on April 5, Singla had ` 22 lakh in his bank account.  Singla's self expenditure was `11.20 lakh, whereas he had paid ` 1.67 lakh for his publicity by April 15.

When contacted, Sangrur returning officer Kavita Singh told the Hindustan Times that all candidates had already submitted their first report of expenditure. The expenditure observers will monitor their shadow register when they would submit the second report of expenditure for which the last date has been fixed as June 16, she added.

Despite spending `2.87 lakh less than Vijay Inder Singla on his election campaign, Bhagwant Mann won the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat with a record margin of 2.11 lakh votes and Singla lost his security deposit.

Mann's win leaves a massage for those politicians, who depend on money and power to win the polls.

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