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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

MONEY-POWER: Legislators declare election expenses well below limits!

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June 28, 2011 / IANS, New Delhi / DC.

Even as the April-May assembly elections in five states saw a record amount of cash seized, the newly elected legislators have declared their expenses as being well below the limits set by the Election Commission, an electoral and political research organisation says.

The new legislators in the Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala assemblies have shown their election expenses as only between Rs 3.12 lakhs and Rs 9.39 lakhs (39 per cent to 59 per cent of the limit) in their declarations to the Election Commission.
According to the information accessed from the Election Commission by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-profit organisation, only 32 legislators out of 746 analysed have declared that the money spent by them was more than 80 per cent of the limit.
The Election Commission had set an expense limit of Rs.16 lakh for Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Kerala and Rs.9 lakh for Puducherry.
"While no MLA (member of legislative assembly) has declared they spent more than the limit, 403 MLAs have in fact declared expenses less than 50 per cent of the limit set by the Election Commission," an ADR analysis said.
On the other hand, the cash seized during these elections was close to Rs.75 crore. Nearly 80 per cent of this, or a whopping Rs.60 crore, was from Tamil Nadu alone.
According to figures provided by the Election Commission, nearly Rs.8.35 crore was seized from West Bengal, Rs.5.20 crore from Assam and Rs.62 lakh from Kerala.
This is the stark reality of the Indian Electioneering!

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