HP polls: MLAS spent over ₹15 lakh each on an av­er­age

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION HINDUSTANTIMES - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

SHIMLA : Hi­machal leg­is­la­tors spent ₹15.26 lakh each on an av­er­age dur­ing the last as­sem­bly elec­tions held in state, ac­cord­ing to elec­tion ex­pense dec­la­ra­tion, the report of which was com­piled by As­so­ci­a­tion for Demo­cratic re­form (ADR). Ma­jor­ity of the ex­pen­di­ture was oc­curred on elec­tion ral­lies and cam­paign ma­te­rial.

The dec­la­ra­tion states that 57% of the to­tal money spent was re­ceived from the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and an­other 14% was re­ceived from in­di­vid­u­als or firms. The rest of the amount was used from the re­spec­tive MLA’S per­sonal fund.

As many as 25 of to­tal 68 MLAS de­clared their ex­penses be­low 50% of the to­tal limit, i.e. ₹28lakh each, set by the elec­tion com­mis­sion. The av­er­age ex­pen­di­ture de­clared by 44 MLAS from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes out to be ₹16.99 lakh each, which is 60.70% of the ex­pen­di­ture limit while 21 MLAS of the Congress spent ₹11.80 lakh each, which is 42.2% of the to­tal limit, ac­cord­ing to the report.

BJP MLA from Anni in Kullu district, Kishori Lal, topped the list of leg­is­la­tors with the high­est ex­pen­di­ture dur­ing as­sem­bly elec­tion. Lal spent ₹25.83 lakh fol­lowed by so­cial jus­tice min­is­ter Ra­jiv Sai­jal with ₹24.58 lakh and Kar­sog MLA Hira Lal with ₹22.95lakh. Congress MLA from Rohru Mo­han Lal Brakta spent the least amount of ₹3.88 lakh, sec­onded by Ka­sumpati MLA Anirudh Singh­who spent ₹6.48 lakh and Narinder Thakur who spent ₹7.10 lakh dur­ing the polls.

WHERE DID THE MONEY GO

The report states that 23% of the to­tal ex­pen­di­ture was done on pub­lic meet­ings with star cam­paign­ers and 22% of the money was spent on cam­paign ma­te­rial. Can­di­dates spent 18% money on cam­paign vol­un­teers and 17% on ve­hi­cles.

How­ever, 12 MLAS also de­clared that they spent no amount on pub­lic meet­ings or pro­ces­sions with star cam­paign­ers. As many as 16 MLAS also de­clared that they have not spent any amount on cam­paign­ing through elec­tronic or print me­dia and an­other 17 MLAS de­clared that they did not spend any amount on cam­paign work­ers.

Top spender: BJP MLA from Anni in Kullu Kishori Lal

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