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BJP Spends Rs 196.7 Crore in Karnataka Polls, 43% More than Congress

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During the Karnataka Assembly elections earlier this year, the BJP incurred expenses amounting to Rs 196.7 crore, which was over 43% higher than the Congress‘s expenditure of Rs 136.90 crore, as per the expenditure reports submitted by both parties to the Election Commission.

Out of the total spending, the BJP declared Rs 149.36 crore as expenditure on general party propaganda and Rs 47.33 crore on candidates. The highest expenditure category for the party was advertisements, encompassing print, electronic media, bulk messages, websites, and TV channels, totaling Rs 78.10 crore. The report, published by the EC on Thursday, also includes detailed payments for advertisements to various platforms such as TV channels, newspapers, Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp.

The BJP’s state unit incurred travel expenses on star campaigners and other leaders amounting to Rs 37.64 crore, while the central office spent Rs 8.05 crore on the travel of leaders. Additionally, the party headquarters allocated Rs 5.90 lakh for a “survey” conducted from March 29 to May 15, spanning the period leading up to the election on May 10, with vote counting on May 13.

In terms of candidate expenses, the majority of the amount (Rs 34 crore) went to candidates in the form of lump sum payments. The party also allocated Rs 2.93 crore for the publicity of criminal antecedents of candidates.

On the other hand, the Congress, which emerged victorious in the state elections, reported total expenses of Rs 136.90 crore. This included Rs 79.44 crore on general party propaganda and Rs 45.6 crore on candidates, as detailed in the expenditure report published by the EC in September.

Comparatively, in the 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections, the BJP spent Rs 122.68 crore, while the Congress spent Rs 34.48 crore. This time, the BJP’s spending increased by 60% compared to 2018, while the Congress’s expenditure saw an almost 300% rise from five years ago.

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