New Delhi: Nineteen political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, received over Rs 1,100 crore (1,100 crores) during the 2021 assembly elections in five states and union territories. These parties spent more than Rs 500 crore, a major part of which went to advertisements and travel items for star campaigners. This information has been given in a study on Friday.
During the assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Puducherry, the BJP got the maximum amount of Rs 611.69 crore and spent Rs 252 crore. Overall, the BJP spent Rs 85.26 crore on campaigning, including advertisements in the media, and Rs 61.73 crore on travel by star campaigners and other leaders, said a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch.
How much money did Congress get, know the status of other parties
The Congress received an amount of Rs 193.77 crore and the party spent Rs 85.62 crore, which includes Rs 31.45 crore on campaigning and Rs 20.40 for travel expenses. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) stood third. The party got an amount of Rs 134 crore. DMK spent a total of Rs 114.14 crore. The party spent Rs 52.144 crore on campaigning and Rs 2.41 crore for the travel of its star campaigners and other leaders.
TMC gets Rs 56.32 crore
The report said that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) got Rs 79.24 crore, Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rs 56.32 crore, AIADMK Rs 14.46 crore and Communist Party of India (CPI) Rs 8.05 crore during the election, the report said.
“The total funds collected by 19 political parties in 2021 during the Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Puducherry assembly elections were Rs 1,116.81 crore, and the total expenditure was Rs 514.30 crore,” the report said.