HOW THEY SPEND

India Today - - THE BIG STORY / POLITICAL FUNDING -

Par­ties spend in build­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion and in­fra­struc­ture, on elec­tion ral­lies, food, travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion, salaries of work­ers; for pub­lic­ity in print, dig­i­tal and elec­tronic me­dia

Dur­ing elec­tions, can­di­dates dis­trib­ute cash, gold, liquor and other free­bies such as mo­bile phones, TVs, re­frig­er­a­tors, blan­kets and sewing ma­chines

To avoid de­tec­tion by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, in­no­va­tive meth­ods of lur­ing vot­ers are used—can­di­dates pay util­ity bills of peo­ple and dis­trib­ute coupons en­cash­able af­ter vic­tory

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