Rs 10,000 cr may be spent on Lok Sabha polls: Survey

India will see a staggering Rs 10,000 crore,equivalent to the foreign direct investment it received in 1995-96,being spent on Lok Sabha polls this summer,with a fourth of the amount expected to be splurged on voters.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:February 27, 2009 2:40 pm

India will see a staggering Rs 10,000 crore,equivalent to the foreign direct investment it received in 1995-96,being spent on Lok Sabha polls this summer,with a fourth of the amount expected to be splurged on voters.

The official spending is likely to be about 20 per cent of the total expenses,including about Rs 1,300 crore by the Election Commission,and the rest by political parties in campaigning,says a survey by Centre for Media Studies (CMS).

An amount of Rs 2,000-2,500 crore would be spent in form of ‘unofficial money’ or cash paid to the voters.

Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka may top the list of states trying to purchase votes,with nearly half of voters there likely to be paid ‘cash for vote’ about 24 hours before the polling day,said the election expenditure survey by CMS.

The Election Commission is likely to spend Rs 1,300 crore,while state governments and other government agencies,for purposes like photo identity cards,EVMs and polling booth,are expected to spend about Rs 700 crore.

Various political parties are expected to spend about Rs 1,650 crore from their party funds,in addition to the direct and indirect spending by the individual candidates.

Candidates of the national parties are estimated to incur a bill of Rs 4,350 crore,while those from the regional parties are expected to spend another Rs 1000 crore.

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