Report of election expenditure statements declared by MLAs of Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizorma during Assembly Election held in November-December 2013.

This report is based on the analysis of the​ ​self declared election expenditure statements (money spent during elections by MLAs) ​ ​provided by the MLAs and submitted to Election Commission of India (ECI)​​​. The ​self declared election expenditure statements of MLAs have been accessed from​ the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) website of each state. ​596 out of 630 MLAs have been analysed in this report. (The rest were not analysed due to the unavailability of their expense statements on the CEO website at the time of the making of this report). 

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Summary
 1.       Average Election Expenditure Declared by MLAs: The newly elected MLAs to these assemblies (Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi) have shown the average election expenditure declared to be only between Rs 4.39 lakhs (Mizoram) and Rs 8.46 lakhs (Chhattisgarh) in their declarations to the Election Commission of India.

State

Total MLAs

No. of MLAs Analysed

Expense Limit (in Rs.)

Average Election Expenses (in Rs.)

% of Expense Limit (Average Election Expenses/Expense Limit)

Chhattisgarh

90

83

16,00,000

(16 Lakhs)

8,46,936

(8.46 Lakhs)

53%

Delhi

70

67

14,00,000

(14 Lakhs)

7,16,744

(7.16 Lakhs)

51%

Madhya Pradesh

230

209

16,00,000

(16 Lakhs)

7,64,717

(7.64 Lakhs)

48%

Mizoram

40

39

8,00,000

(8 Lakhs)

4,39,576

(4.39 Lakhs)

55%

Rajasthan

200

198

16,00,000

(16 Lakhs)

7,33,810

(7.33 Lakhs)

46%

2.       State – Wise Election Expenditure Declared by MLAs:

a)      338 MLAs out of 596 (57%) analysed have declared that the money spent by them was less than 50% of the limit.

b)      Only 17 out of 596 MLAs (3%) analysed have declared that they have spent more than 80% of the expense limit. 

State

Total MLAs

No. of MLAs Analysed

No of MLAs who spent less than 50% of Limit

% of MLAs who spent less than 50% of Limit

No of MLAs who spent more than 80% of the Limit

% of MLAs who spent more than 80%

Expense Limit (in Rs.)

Chhattisgarh

90

83

32

39%

1

1%

16,00,000

(16 Lakhs)

Delhi

70

67

34

51%

4

6%

14,00,000

(14 Lakhs)

Madhya Pradesh

230

209

129

62%

4

2%

16,00,000

(16 Lakhs)

Mizoram

40

39

16

41%

4

10%

8,00,000

(8 Lakhs)

Rajasthan

200

198

127

64%

4

2%

16,00,000

(16 Lakhs)

Total

630

596

338

57%

17

3%

3​.       Election Expenditure declared by Chief Ministers of State: The highest election expenditure declared by a Chief Minister of the five states analysed is Rs. 10,61,477 (66% of the expense limit)  by Vasundhra Raje from Rajasthan. The lowest election expenditure declared by a Chief Minister is Rs. 3,99,953 (29% of the expense limit) by Arvind Kejriwal from Delhi.

State

Expense Limit

Chief Minister

Constituency

Election Expenses Declared

(in Rs.)

% of Expense Limit

(Average Election Expenses/Expense Limit)

Chhattisgarh

16,00,000

Raman Singh

Rajnandgaon

8,16,390

(8.16 Lakhs)

51%

Madhya Pradesh

16,00,000

Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Budhni

10,10,001

(10.10 Lakhs)

63%

Vidisha

9,77,495

(9.77 Lakhs)

61%

Mizoram

8,00,000

Lal Thanhawla

Serchhip

3,50,809

(3.50 Lakhs)

44%

Hrangturzo

4,60,220

(4.60 Lakhs)

58%

Rajasthan

16,00,000

Vasundhra Raje

Jhalrapatan

10,61,477

10.61 Lakhs)

66%

Delhi

14,00,000

Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi

3,99,953

(3.99 Lakhs)

29%

4. Election expenditure declared by Ministers: The Ministers from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram have declared on an average, election​ expenditure of 3.57 Lakhs (Mizoram) to 8.07 Lakhs (Delhi) i.e on an average 45% to 58% of the average expense limit. The average election expenditure declared by the ministers is as follows:

a)      9 Ministers of Chhattisgarh declared an average election expenditure of Rs. 8.33 Lakhs (53% of expense limit)

b)      22 Ministers of Madhya Pradesh declared an average election expenditure of Rs. 8.07 Lakhs (50% of expense limit)

c)       12 Ministers of Rajasthan declared an average election expenditure of Rs. 7.64 Lakhs (48% of expense limit)

d)      12 Ministers of Mizoram declared an average election expenditure of Rs. 3.57 Lakhs (45% of expense limit 

e)       6 Ministers of Delhi declared an average election expenditure of Rs. 8.07 Lakhs (58% of expense limit).

5.  Combined election expenditure declared by all MLAs from all five states: 3 out of 5 states have shown highest declared election expenditure by newly elected MLAs on Vehicles Used. The lowest election expenditure by all MLAs analysed in all five states has been on Expense on Visit of Other Party Functionaries.

a)      Chhattisgarh: 38% of total expenses during Chhattisgarh Elections incurred by all 83 MLAs together, was spent on Vehicles Used25% of expenses were incurred on Campaign Materials10% was spent on visits of Campaign Workers.

b)      Delhi: 23% of the total expenses during Delhi Elections incurred by all 67 MLAs together, was spent on other Public Meetings and Processions. 22% of declared election expenditure was on Miscellaneous and 22% was on Campaign Materials by all Delhi MLAs analysed.

c)       Madhya Pradesh: 44% of the total expenses during Madhya Pradesh Elections incurred by all 209 MLAs together, was spent on use of vehicles19% of expenses were incurred onCampaign Materials10% of total expenses during Madhya Pradesh Elections was spent on Public Meetings and Processions.

d)      Rajasthan: 32% of the total expenses during Rajasthan Elections incurred by all 198 MLAs together, was spent on use of Vehicles22% and 15% of expenses incurred were onOther Miscellaneous Expenses and Public Meetings respectively.

e)    Mizoram: 26% of the total expenses during Mizoram Elections incurred by all 39 MLAs together, was spent on Campaign Workers23% of expenses incurred were on use ofVehicles16% of expenses were incurred on Other Miscellaneous Expenses11% of total expenses during Mizoram Elections was spent on Campaign Materials.

6.        Election expenditure declared on Public Meetings and Processions: 49 MLAs out of 596 analysed (8%) declared zero election expenditure on public meetings,

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processions etc. Theaverage expenses declared on Public Meetings and Processions by 596 MLAs from the five states falls between Rs. 20,361 (Mizoram) to Rs 1,64,791 in Delhi.

a)      7 MLAs from Chhattisgarh declared zero election expenditure on public meetings, processions etc.

b)      1 MLA from Delhi declared zero election expenditure on public meetings, processions etc.

c)       8 MLAs from Madhya Pradesh declared zero election expenditure on public meetings, processions etc.

d)      10 MLAs from Rajasthan declared zero election expenditure on public meetings, processions etc.

e)      23 MLAs from Mizoram declared zero election expenditure on public meetings, processions etc.

 

​7​ .       Expense on Campaigning through electronic/print media: 210 MLAs out of 596 analysed (35%) declared zero election expenditure on Electronic/Print Media. The average expenses declared on electronic and print media by 596 MLAs from the five states falls between Rs. 8,636 (Mizoram) to Rs 67,932 (Rajasthan).

a)      44 MLAs from Chhattisgarh declared zero election expenditure on Electronic/Print Media

b)      24 MLAs from Delhi declared zero election expenditure on Electronic/Print Media

c)       87 MLAs from Madhya Pradesh declared zero election expenditure on Electronic/Print Media

d)      29 MLAs from Rajasthan declared zero election expenditure on Electronic/Print Media

e)      26 MLAs from Mizoram declared zero election expenditure on Electronic/Print Media.

 

​8​ .    Expense on Campaign Workers: 239 MLAs out of 596 analysed (40%) declared zero election expenditure on Campaign Workers. The average expenses declared on Campaign Workers by 596 MLAs from the five states falls between Rs. 22,602 (Rajasthan) to Rs 1,17,800 (Mizoram).

a)      12 MLAs from Chhattisgarh declared zero election expenditure on Campaign Workers

b)      20 MLAs from Delhi declared zero election expenditure on Campaign Workers

c)       41 MLAs from Madhya Pradesh declared zero election expenditure on Campaign Workers

d)      155 MLAs from Rajasthan declared zero election expenditure on Campaign Workers

e)      11 MLAs from Mizoram declared zero election expenditure on Campaign Workers

 

​9​ .    Expense on Vehicles Used: Shoaib Iqbal from Delhi and Gyan Singh from Madhya Pradesh declared zero expenses on use of vehicles. 42 MLAs out of 596 analysed (7%) declared that they spent less than 10% of their total expenses on Vehicles Used. The average expenses declared on Vehicles Used by 596 MLAs from the five states falls between Rs. 1,01,914 (Delhi) to Rs 3,40,086 (Madhya Pradesh).

a)      2 MLAs from Chhattisgarh declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Vehicles Used.

b)      19 MLAs from Delhi declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Vehicles Used.

c)       4 MLAs from Madhya Pradesh declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Vehicles Used.

d)      9 MLAs from Rajasthan declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Vehicles Used.

e)      8 MLAs from Mizoram declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Vehicles Used.

 

10​ .     Expense on Campaign Materials and Erection of gates, arches etc.: 2 MLAs, Arvind Kejriwal and Vinod Kumar Binny from Delhi have declared zero expenses on Campaign Materials. 94 MLAs out of 596 analysed (16%) declared that they spent less than 10% of their total expenses on Campaign Materials. The average  expenses declared on Campaign Materials by 596 MLAs from the five states falls between Rs. 90,857 (Mizoram) to Rs 1,70,557 (Madhya Pradesh).

a)       3 MLAs from Chhattisgarh declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Campaign Materials.

b)       8 MLAs from Delhi declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Campaign Materials.

c)        34 MLAs from Madhya Pradesh declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Campaign Materials.

d)       46 MLAs from Rajasthan declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Campaign Materials.

e)        3 MLAs from Mizoram declared less than 10% election expenditure (out of total expenses declared) on Campaign Materials.


Combined Report of Declared Election Expenses for Five States

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