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Congress spends Rs.380 Crore to win '09 Lok Sabha election


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As reported by Aditya Kaul at dnaindia.com on February 22, 2010

 

New Delhi: What clinched the 2009 Lok Sabha election for the Congress? Was it the charisma of the Gandhis? Was it good governance by the UPA in its previous term? Or was it a weak opposition in the BJP?

 

It may have been all this, but money also played a huge part in the Congress triumph, DNA has learnt through an RTI application.

According to an affidavit filed by the party to the election commission, it spent Rs380.04 crore on the poll, probably the most among all parties. It gave Rs10 lakh each to most candidates, spent Rs113.56 crore on hiring helicopters and aircraft for campaigning leaders and splurged Rs172.08 crore on media.

 

Over 75%, i.e. Rs85.63 crore, of the Rs113.56 crore spent on air travel went to Executive Airways Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai company. The next big provider of aircraft/helicopter services was also from the metro, Global Vectra Helicopter Ltd, which received Rs15.83 crore.

 

Four party candidates got more than Rs10 lakh. Sonia(Raebareli) and Rahul Gandhi (Amethi) received Rs25 lakh each, while Pranab Mukherjee (Jangipur, Bengal) and Kamal Nath (Chhindwara, MP), received Rs15 lakh each.

 

This, however, did not deplete the Congress coffers much. The party, which had Rs292.80 crore before the election, ended up with Rs221.43 crore post-poll. Reason: It received Rs313.74 crore in donations.

 

Source: Mumbai company cornered 75% of Cong LS poll spend on air travel - dnaindia.com

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As reported by Aditya Kaul at dnaindia.com on February 22, 2010

 

New Delhi: For a party out of power for long, the Shiv Sena is not doing badly on the financial front. Despite the absence of routine channels of fund mobilisation for over a decade, the party’s coffer looks decently stacked, at least as far as polls are concerned.

 

Its Lok Sabha poll expenditure more than doubled in 2009 compared to 2004. The party, which won 11 of the 22 seats it contested in Maharashtra, spent nearly Rs8.16 crore in the last general elections, an RTI query revealed. In 2004, the party had spent Rs3.49 crore.

 

Interestingly, the party ended up a bit richer at the end of the elections, with Rs2.43 crore. When elections were announced in

March 2009, it had a balance of Rs1.63 crore.

 

According to the Shiv Sena’s submission before the Election Commission (EC), the party received Rs8.48 crore in donations. Over Rs4.14 crore of this was received in cash, while the rest came in the form of cheques and demand drafts.

 

The party forked out Rs2.72 crore — nearly a quarter of its poll-spend as submitted to the EC — on publicity. The expenditure included advertisements in newspapers and booking of time slots on television channels. Over Rs1.01 crore was spent on the electronic media and Rs1.37 crore on the print media. The rest went into printing material, cut-outs, hoardings and making and distribution of video films.

 

Almost 97% of the travel expenditure was on hiring of aircraft — out of Rs54.83 lakh spent on travel, Rs53.12 lakh was on air travel and the remaining Rs1.71 lakh on road transport. The main beneficiary of Sena leaders’ air travel was Bhopal-based Executive Airways Private Limited. The party paid Rs53.07 lakh to this company. The other beneficiary was the Dadar-based VV Lagu Travel Consultants.

 

The Sena claims it did not spend anything on processions, but it spent Rs21.74 lakh on public meetings and Rs51.36 lakh on running the party office. It has not shown any spend at the district orstate level, or on individual candidates.

 

Source: Sena's poll-spend doubled in 2009 - dnaindia.com

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