Not ready to foot every poll bill,candidates likely to be on foot

Aware that the upper limit of election expenditure is Rs 16 lakh and afraid of footing every poll bill,candidates this time are likely to be seen more on foot than in their convoys of cars.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:January 4, 2012 1:16 am

Aware that the upper limit of election expenditure is Rs 16 lakh and afraid of footing every poll bill,candidates this time are likely to be seen more on foot than in their convoys of cars.

“It seems that we will have to do more legwork. However,a good trend will be seen in Punjab elections for a change. Workers will be doing more door-to-door campaigning rather than making it more expensive by using more vehicles,” said BJP candidate from Ludhiana North Parveen Bansal.

The candidates are now working on how to cut down on election expenses. While a few of them have hired special CAs for this purpose,the others say they will stick to door-to-door campaigning rather than walking in convoys of SUVs. Many of them have given strict instructions to supporters not to serve anything lavish to their poll gatherings.

“For every cup of tea or food,we will be charged. If someone else serves tea,charges will be on us. This is really difficult. Langar is a common concept in Punjab,” said SAD candidate from Sahnewal Sharanjit Singh Dhillon. “The limit of Rs 16 lakh is very less,going by the inflation rate. It seems election campaigning is going to be difficult this time.”

SAD candidate from Mohali Balwant Singh Ramoowalia feels “the EC should focus more on use of drugs and money in elections and less on these petty expenses”.

“We welcome their every decision,but it seems this time it will be very difficult for the candidates to campaign. If a supporter is coming along with us in his car,we’ll have to bear the expenditure. If someone carries a party flag on his own,the expenses will be on us. If neighbours arrange a few chairs from the mohalla for nukkad meetings,the expenses will be on us,” he said.

However,BJP candidate from Fazilka Surjit Singh Jayani said,“No doubt the instructions are a bit cumbersome,but we will keep a record of the expenses somehow. I will appoint one CA,who will collect bills related to all the expenses.”

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