National parties spend a lot more on candidates than regional parties

The most preferred mode of collection for elections was by cheque, showed an ADR analysis

GN Bureau | July 6, 2017


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The national parties gave to its candidates more than double the amount that the regional parties handed over to their candidates, showed a detailed analysis carried out on the funds collected and expenditure incurred by political parties in the 2016 assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

While national parties declared giving Rs 151.65 crore to their candidates for election expenditure, the regional parties spent only Rs 60.89 crore on their candidates, said ADR.
 
The total funds collected by the national parties during the five state assembly elections held in 2016 was Rs 287.89 crore and total expenditure incurred by the national parties was Rs 188.12 crore.
 
Of the 25 regional parties which contested in the five state assembly elections, NPP, JDS, RSP, KCM, DMDK, RJD, JKNPP, AJSU and JMM have not submitted their election expenditure statements for at least one assembly election that they contested.
 
Based on the details provided, the regional parties collected a total of Rs 67.22 crore and incurred an expenditure of Rs 213.97 crore.
The ADR analysis showed that the national and regional parties collected a total of Rs 190.23 crore at the central level, in cash and by cheque. This constituted 53.57% of the total funds collected at the central and state levels.
 
Among the state units, the political parties collected the maximum amount of Rs 84.30 crore from West Bengal which formed 23.74% of the total funds collected at the state and central levels.
 
The most preferred mode of collected was by cheque where the parties collected Rs 197.32 crore which formed 55.57% of the total funds collected at the state and central levels.
 
Out of total expenditure of Rs 402.09 crore, 75.32% or Rs 302.86 cr was spent by cheque while the national and regional parties, together, had left Rs 75.93 crore ‘remaining unpaid’ which formed 18.88% of the total expenditure.
 
Similar to fund collection, the central headquarters of the national and regional parties spent the maximum (Rs 217.64 crore) and the second highest amount was declared by the Tamil Nadu state units (Rs 79 crore) followed by West Bengal state units (Rs 57.76 crore) and Kerala state units (Rs 31.01 crore).
 
The analysis showed that the national parties spent a total of Rs 137.46 crore on publicity while the regional parties declared a total of Rs 119.33 crore under the same head.
 

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