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Poll expense: Raje spent Rs 10 lakh, Kejriwal only 3

January 21, 2014 18:15 IST

A report by Indian civil society group Association for Democratic Reforms states that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje spent the most while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spent the least during their election campaign.

The report states that 338 members of Legislative Assembly out of 596 (57 per cent) analysed have declared that the money spent by them was less than 50per cent of the limit.

Only 17 out of 596 MLAs (3 per cent) have declared that they have spent more than 80per cent of the expense limit.

Election expenditure declared by chief ministers of states:

The highest election expenditure declared by a chief minister of the five states analysed is Rs 10.61 lakh by Vasundhra Raje from Rajasthan. The lowest election expenditure declared by chief Minister is Rs 3.99 lakh (29per cent of the expense limit) by Arvind Kejriwal from Delhi.

Ministers of Madhya Pradesh declared an average election expenditure of Rs 8.07 lakh (50 per cent of expense limit).

Twelve ministers from Rajasthan declared an average election expenditure of Rs 7.64 lakh (48 per cent of the expense limit).

Twelve ministers from Mizoram declared an average election expenditure of Rs 3.57 lakh. Ministers from Delhi declared an average election expenditure of Rs 8.07 lakh (58 per cent of expense limit.

Combined election expenditure declared by all MLAs from all five states:

Three out of five states have shown highest declared election expenditure by newly elected MLAs on vehicles used.

Chhattisgarh: 38 per cent of total expenses during Chhattisgarh elections incurred by all 83 MLAs together was spent on vehicles used.

Twenty-five per cent of expenses were incurred on campaign materials. Ten per cent was spent on visits of campaign workers.

Delhi: Twenty-three per cent of the total expenses during the Delhi elections incurred by all 67 MLAs together was spent on other public meetings and processions. Twenty-two per cent of declared election expenditure was on miscellaneous and 22 per cent was on campaign materials by all Delhi MLAs.

Adhra Pradesh: Forty-four per cent of the total expenses during Madhya Pradesh Elections incurred by all 209 MLAs together was spent on use of vehicles. Nineteen per cent of expenses were incurred on campaign materials. Ten per cent of total expenses during Madhya Pradesh Elections was spent on public meetings and processions

Rajasthan: Thirty-two per cent of the total expenses during the Rajasthan elections incurred by all 198 MLAs together was spent on use of vehicles. Twenty-two per cent and 15 per cent of expenses incurred were on other miscellaneous expenses and public meetings respectively.

Vicky Nanjappa