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