Breaking: Congress spent Rs 343 crore, BJP Rs 448 crore in 2009 LS polls: RTI

By on February 8, 2014

While austerity may have become the flavour this poll season with the emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), an RTI filed with the Election Commission (EC) has shown that the Congress, which had emerged as the single largest party in 2009, had spent Rs 343 crores and the second-largest party BJP had blown away a staggering Rs 448 crores in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

BJP outdid Congress in the expenditure despite the fact that it had fielded lesser number candidates—433 people had fought on BJP tickets and 440 people had contested on a Congress ticket.

The figures were obtained by a Ropar-based RTI activist Dinesh Chadha. The RTI from the EC mentions that the expenditure for India’s two leading parties has been calculated from March 2, 2009, the date of general elections announcement to May 28, the date of poll completion.



The copies of RTI with detailed break-up amounts, in possession of TOI, reveals that Congress had spent its maximum money on publicity which has been mentioned under different sub-heads as hiring time spots on private TV channels, video films, making and distribution of audio cassettes, flags, hoardings and so on. This amount was Rs 207.88 crores. The travel bill for the Congress party, which touched Rs 112 crores, was its second-highest expenditure.BJP’s biggest spend was Rs 173 crore on publicity. While Rs 70 crore was used to purchase fixed assets, including buying new party offices. The total travel bill footed by the BJP, at Rs 64 crore, was just a little more than half of what Congress spent.BJP showed Rs 113 crore as miscellaneous expenditure on its candidates. It, however, did not give the break-up for this amount.

One Comment

  1. sarup singh

    February 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    arivend sir
    phir bhi aap sochte hain ki ye sab aako janlokpal lane denge


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