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Jaya spent Rs 9.6 lakh to win Tamil Nadu, DMK spent Rs 4.4 lakh

Last updated on: June 22, 2011 12:42 IST

Jayalalithaa spent Rs 32,200 on erecting cutouts and posters in her constituency

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All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Jayalalithaa, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi, his son M K Stalin, and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam chief Vijayakanth spent far less than the limit set by the Election Commission for poll-related expenses during the April 13 assembly elections.

Though the EC had set a limit of Rs 16 lakh for election-related expenses, Jayalalithaa spent Rs 9.60 lakh, while her arch-rival Karunanidhi expended Rs 4.47 lakh -- not even half the amount used by the AIADMK leader, as per their poll expenditure details submitted to the Election Commission.

Out of the total expenditure, Jayalalithaa, who contested from Srirangam constituency, spent a majority of her money (Rs 65,700) on vehicles and campaigning through electronic and print media (Rs 58,300), her expenditure details said.

She spent Rs 32,200 on erecting cutouts and posters in her constituency.

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Image: A poster of Jayalalithaa during the Tamil Nadu assembly elections in May 2011
Photographs: A Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com
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Karunanidhi spent Rs 1 lakh on campaigning through electronic media, posters and cutouts

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Karunanidhi, who contested from Tiruvarur constituency, spent Rs 4.47 lakh, of which Rs 1 lakh was used up for campaigning through electronic media, posters and cutouts.

The 88-year-old politician had spent Rs 1.92 lakh on vehicles, while Rs 45,000 was spent on public meetings and rallies.

Stalin, who contested from Kolathur constituency, has shown an expenditure of Rs 3.32 lakh, including Rs 66,700 for public meetings and rallies, and Rs 80,440 on campaign material. His miscellaneous expenses were Rs 1.48 lakh.

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Image: Poster wishing the DMK chief and his son MK Stalin
Photographs: Sreeram Selvaraj
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Rs 3.62 lakh: Vijayakanth's poll-related miscellaneous expenditure

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Vijayakanth, who contested from Rishivandhiyam constituency, spent Rs 7.97 lakh, of which Rs 1.58 lakh was for vehicle expenses. He spent Rs 1.73 lakh on public meetings and Rs 60,625 on campaigns. His miscellaneous expenditure was Rs 3.62 lakh, according to his expenditure details.

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Image: Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader Vijayakanth

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Congress chief spent less than his BJP counterpart

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Former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President K V Thankgabalu, who contested from Mylapore constituency, spent Rs 4.04 lakh, of which Rs 1.73 lakh was on public meetings and rallies.

His vehicle expenses were Rs 66,350 while he spent Rs 2.47 lakh for campaigning. The Congress provided him Rs 10 lakh for poll expenses while a Chennai-based private firm Karthik Granites donated Rs 5 lakh as 'grant', his poll expenditure details says.

Bharatiya Janata Party state unit president Pon Radhakrishnan, who contested from Nagercoil constituency, spent Rs 8.56 lakh of which Rs 5.18 lakh was for expenditure on vehicles alone. He spent Rs 2.14 lakh for campaigns through electronic media and for cutouts while Rs 21,992 was spent on public meetings and rallies. His party gave him Rs 5.55 lakh.

Sriperumbudur member of Parliament and DMK Parliamentary leader T R Baalu's son, T R B Rajaa, spent Rs 8.78 lakh for the polls, including Rs 2.78 lakh as vehicle expenditure.

Besides, he spent about Rs 1.69 lakh on his campaign, including the amount spent on cut-outs and usage of electronic media. For conducting public meetings and rallies he spent Rs 40,000.

Image: Election fever in evidence during the May assembly election in Tamil Nadu

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