According to estimates, more than Rs 2200 crores were spent by parties and leaders in the election battle.
Leaders of BJP and Congress are claiming their respective victories…
Madhya Pradesh’s rule will run on loan!
Bhopal (EMS). This time a record 77.15 percent voting took place in Madhya Pradesh. After voting, BJP and Congress started assessing the figures. This time, along with voting, a record of expenditure has also been made. Candidates have spent money like water on all the 250 seats of the state. It is estimated that more than Rs 2200 crore has been spent by the candidates in the elections. Actually, this time both BJP and Congress parties are claiming to form their respective governments. But one thing is certain that no matter whose government is formed, it will run on debt. The main reason for this is that the state already has a debt of about Rs 4.25 lakh crore. The state government has announced more than Rs 50 thousand crore in the election year. Although, this is not an official figure, but it is being estimated that the bill of promises of BJP and Congress could be this much. In such a situation, it will be difficult for the new government to govern.
After the completion of voting for the 230-member assembly elections of Madhya Pradesh, the tough competition between BJP and Congress is echoing in the entire state. If we look at the 2018 assembly election results, we can understand why people are saying that the tables can swing in anyone’s favor at this time. In the last assembly elections, the vote share of both BJP (41.02 percent) and Congress (40.89 percent) was almost equal and the difference of seats was only five. BJP won 109 out of 230 seats and Congress won 114 seats. Despite the political turmoil that the state saw in 2020, there was no wave or undercurrent in the elections this time. The voting percentage, which is a good sign for Indian democracy, was 77.15 percent, which is being said to be an alarm bell for the current government. Many people are considering this huge turnout as a sign of change in the state. Both BJP and Congress left no stone unturned to win the elections. Both sides made many populist promises.
Promises of Rs 50 thousand crores
On one hand, the state has a debt of Rs 4.25 lakh, while on the other hand, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced more than Rs 50 thousand crore. Rs 20 thousand crores are to be spent every year in the CM Ladli Brahmin Yojana. CM has promised that Rs 1650 will be increased to Rs 3000 every month. In such a situation, this scheme alone is taking the bill beyond Rs 47 thousand crore. Apart from this, he has promised to buy a cylinder for Rs 450 and the state will add Rs 6000 to the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi for the farmers. Congress has also not lagged behind in making election announcements. Former Chief Minister and PCC President Kamal Nath has promised free electricity up to 100 units and halving the rates after 100 units. Also, the party is going to give Rs 1500 per month and cylinder for Rs 500 to all the women of the state. The old pension scheme i.e. OPS has been promised. Statistics show that providing financial support to women alone will cost Rs 24 thousand crore every year. The latest announcements for children will take the figure beyond Rs 50 thousand crores. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has talked about providing assistance to school children every month.
Election expenditure crosses Rs 2200 crore
It is estimated that more than Rs 2200 crore will be spent by the candidates in this time’s assembly elections in the state. This money has been spent by both the political party and the candidate. It is noteworthy that this time the Election Commission had fixed the expenditure limit of the candidates at Rs 40 lakh. This amount was Rs 28 lakh in 2018 and Rs 16 lakh in 2013. This expense includes air travel (the most expensive), petrol-diesel, snacks-sweets, hotel bills, travel of leaders, public meetings, media expenses, advertisements etc. Air taxi bill accounts for the largest share in election expenses. Even though the Election Commission had set a spending limit of Rs 40 lakh for a candidate, many candidates were spending more than Rs 10 lakh in a day. That is, the limit of Rs 40 lakh set by the Election Commission was crossed in just four days. According to this, in every 230 seats of the state, there are three candidates who have spent huge amount. The single day’s expenditure of these candidates was more than Rs 70 crore, whereas as per the weekly election expenditure, the candidates have reported only Rs 15-20 thousand. According to the Commission, the expenditure of one day comes to Rs 11.50 crore. The maximum expenditure has been made on vehicles and fuel. A huge amount has been spent on the management and food of election offices. Rs 5 lakh was spent daily on rent and fuel for the workers’ vehicles.
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