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Arvind Kejriwal, Ajay Rai spent more than Narendra Modi during LS polls in Varanasi

While the Congress spent over Rs 54 lakh as poll expenditure, the Aam Aadmi Party spent more than Rs 50 lakh.

Written by Hamza Khan | Lucknow | Updated: June 17, 2014 8:27 pm
collage _kejmo_m Both Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi have contested from Varanasi LS seat

In Varanasi, cash-strapped Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal ran a spirited campaign against Narendra Modi and went on to spend as much as half a crore rupees, but, as is now history, lost to him by a huge margin of 3.71 lakh votes.

With major parties having submitted their campaign expenditure in Varanasi, AAP and Congress have outdone Modi on this front.

According to the details submitted to the district administration, Ajay Rai of the Congress splurged the most at Rs 54.45 lakh while AAP spent Rs 50.10 lakh and BJP Rs 37.62 lakh during the Lok Sabha polls for Varanasi seat.

Monday was the last day of submitting election expenditure by the parties; the last day for submission is counted a month after the elections draw to a close.

Varanasi chief treasury officer Ramamurthy Dwivedi said Samajwadi Party’s Kailash Chaurasiya spent Rs 24.54 lakh while Indira Tiwari of Trinamool Congress incurred Rs 14.58 lakh as poll expenditure.

“Of the 42 candidates, 31 have submitted election expenses while 11, including BSP, are yet to do so,” Dwivedi told The Indian Express over phone.

While Modi polled 5.81 lakh votes, Kejriwal stood a distant second with 2.09 lakh votes, followed by Ajay Rai at 75,614 votes, Vijay Prakash Jaiswal of BSP with 60,579 and Chaurasiya with 45,291 votes. Varanasi officials said the BJP spent the most on publicity material such as handbills, pamphlets, posters, CDs, cassettes, etc at Rs 9.41 lakh.

The Samajwadi Party, too, splurged on publicity material, spending as much as Rs 13.20 lakh. The Congress, interestingly, spent the most on publicity through e-media, such as SMS, cable network, internet and social media, spending Rs 24.92 lakh.

AAP, apparently, hoped to win support with a large cavalcade, spending as much as Rs 20.53 lakh on vehicles.

AAP’s Purvanchal zone convenor Sanjeev Singh, meanwhile, claimed that BJP’s actual expenditure was much higher.

“They distributed lakhs of t-shirts and saffron gamchas (sweat towels) throughout Varanasi; there was unaccounted publicity material funded by corporates and then there was publicity material in disguise; best examples are perhaps the huge hoardings for Gujarat Tourism in Varanasi,” Singh said.

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  1. Amit Gupta
    Jun 30, 2014 at 4:14 am
    How shameless a person can be... BJP dont even disclose all their donors, while you can find entire list of donors for AAP on thier site. And I have donated 10K to AAP. How dare you call it corrupt.
    1. Amit Gupta
      Jun 30, 2014 at 4:15 am
      They did it.. Bloody 20K Cr.. Campaign Drive.. Vasooli jald hi hogi
      1. A
        Jun 18, 2014 at 12:42 am
        As always..double faced aap will put in blinkers
        1. J
          James Bond
          Jun 19, 2014 at 9:39 am
          Mr.Arvind Kejriwal also spent huge amount of money received from NGO accounts.But behaved innocent.He brought 30 thousand aap volunteers from delhi and haryan and fed them clothed them and given plenty of cash.
          1. D
            Jun 19, 2014 at 1:34 am
            What about Modi's helicopter ride?
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