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Vicky Nanjappa

The recently concluded assembly polls in the four states -- Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and one Union Territory -- Puducherry saw a blatant use of money power. But interestingly, the newly elected members of Legislative have claimed in their expense statements submitted to the Election Commission that their expenditure was well below the prescribed limit. Many have claimed that they spent no money on organising public meetings, or engaging vehicles or publicity campaigns during elections. Here is the analysis of election expenses submitted by the new MLAs for three states that went to polls -- Assam, West Bengal and Kerala.

According to the report prepared by, the Association for Democratic Reforms and the National Election Watch the average expenditure of most MLAs from the three states during campaigning was between Rs 7 to Rs 9 lakh while the expense limit is up to Rs 16 lakh for every candidate.

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