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Jharkhand MLAs declare poll expenses

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CM Hemant Soren with Legislators who won Jharkhand Assembly Poll 2019

ADR releases Analysis of Election Expenditure Statements of MLAs Jharkhand Assembly Elections, 2019

Sumedha Chaudhury

Ranchi, June 12

In the Analysis of Election Expenditure Statements of MLAs Jharkhand Assembly Elections, 2019 released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Friday out of 81 MLAs analysed, 33 (41%) MLAs have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit in their constituency.

Based on the election expense declarations of 81 MLAs from Jharkhand Assembly, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is Rs 14.64 lakh, which is 52% of the expense limit. The party wise average election expenses shows that the average spending for 30 MLAs from JMM is Rs 12.89 lakh (46.1% of the expense limit). For 25 MLAs from BJP, the average election expenditure is Rs16.63 lakh (59.4% of the expense limit), the average election expenditure for 16 MLAs from INC is Rs 14.08 lakh (50.3% of the expense limit), the average election expenditure for 3 MLAs from JVM(P) is Rs.14.83 lakh (53% of the expense limit) and 2 Independent MLA have spent Rs. 14.69 lakh (52.5% of the expense limit).

The top three MLAs with highest election expenses include BJP Legislators Dulu Mahato from Dhanbad representing Baghmara constituency (above 24 lakh) and Kushwaha Shashi Bhushan Mehta from Palamau representing Panki constituency (above Rs 22 lakh) alongwith Congress Legislator Deepika Pandey Singh of Godda from Mahagama constituency (above Rs 21 lakh). It is to be noted that maximum expense limit is Rs 28 lakh.

Three JMM MLAs are in the lowest election expenses category including Gumla’s Jiga Susaran from Sisai (ST) constituency (above Rs 4 lakh), Dumka’s Sita Murmu from Jama (ST) constituency (above Rs 6 lakh) and Gumla (ST) constituency’s Bhushan Tirkey (above Rs 8 lakh).

The analysis also states that among the 81 MLAs analyzed, 58 (72%) MLAs have stated that they have spent funds on public meetings or processions with star campaigners and 23 (28%) MLAs have declared that they have not spent any funds on public meetings or processions with star campaigners.

It further mentioned that 76 (94%) out of 81 MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on public meetings or processions without star campaigners and 5 (6%) MLAs have confirmed that they have not spent any funds on public meetings or processions without star campaigners.

57(70%) MLAs have stated that they have spent funds on campaigning through electronic or print media and 24 (30%) MLAs have declared that they have not spent any funds on campaigning through electronic or print media.

Meanwhile, 78(96%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on campaign workers and 3 (4%) MLAs have confirmed that they have not spent any funds on campaign workers while 72(89%) MLAs have stated that they have spent funds on campaign materials and 9(11%) MLAs have declared that they have not spent any funds on campaign materials. 81(100%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on campaign vehicles.

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