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Spent under half of amount allowed for campaigning, say over 80% Puducherry MLAs

ByUmar Sofi
Jun 29, 2021 03:28 PM IST

The analysis by Puducherry Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms is based on expenditure statements, which every contestant is mandated to file within 30 days after results are declared

Over 80% of newly elected lawmakers in Puducherry have told the Election Commission of India (ECI) that they spent under 11 lakh on their campaigning, according to a Puducherry Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysis. The analysis is based on expenditure statements, which every contestant is mandated to file within 30 days after results are declared.

MLAs take oath as Puducherry cabinet ministers on Sunday, June 27. (File photo)
MLAs take oath as Puducherry cabinet ministers on Sunday, June 27. (File photo)

The expenditure limit was 22 lakh. But the average amount of money spent by the lawmakers was 7.3 lakh, which is just 33% of the expense limit. All India NR Congress (AINRC ) lawmakers have declared to have spent the lowest, just 28%. The Congress lawmakers have declared the highest spending.

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AINRC won the highest seats (10) while Congress managed to get just two.

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AINRC’s P R N Thirumurugan spent the highest or over 15.4 lakh, which is nearly 70% of the expenditure limit. Independent candidate M Sivivasankar has claimed to have spent the lowest or just 2.17 lakh.

An ADR report said over 40% of lawmakers, including star campaigners, said they did not even spend even a single rupee on “public meetings or processions”. As many as 77% of lawmakers said they have not spent any amount on “campaigning through any electronic or print media.”

As many as 24 of 30 lawmakers said they did not receive any funds for campaigning from their political parties.

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