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Amid cash crunch, BJP spends extravagantly on Uttar Pradesh Polls

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After demonetisation when people are already suffering due to cash crunch, BJP is spending most extravagantly in a desperate bid to win the Uttar Pradesh elections.

The cash withdrawal limit of Rs 24000 per week still continues on savings accounts for general public but BJP is facing no dearth of money for campaigning in the 2017 assembly elections in five states including Uttar Pradesh where innumerable rallies, roadshows have been organised to woo voters.

Besides rallies, roadshows for campaigning, the BJP has spent over Rs 6 crore  only for purchasing 1650 motorcycles for its UP Assembly elections  campaign as the poll results will shape the  political future of both the party and the prime Minister. For aggressive campaigning in 403 seats, 4 vehicles have been deployed in each constituency to highlight Narendra Modi’s achievements of demonetisation, surgical strikes, development agenda etc.

For getting full mandate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the people of all affiliations were taken in by the BJP’s previously unheard poll promises of providing jobs to the youth,all around development in the country , eradication of corruption and poverty  and bringing in harmony in the various segments of society .But nothing was done for two and a half years and instead the society was utterly polarised and Muslims and Christians wee targeted so that Hindus would vote en bloc for the BJP in the Hindi heartland of Uttar Pradesh.This was done on the calculation that if BJP is able to corner en-bloc the Hindu votes, the minority votes would not be able to effect BJP’s prospects or saffron brigade.

The Election Commission of India has fixed the campaign expenses limit per candidate at between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 28 lakh in the five states where assembly polls are being held. Announcing the limit, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said, “In Goa and Manipur the limit on election expenses per candidate is Rs 20 lakh.” “In Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand the election expenses limit per candidate is Rs 28 lakh,” the CEC added.

But the BJP is lavishly spending on roadshows ,rallies and for pulling the crowds in various gatherings. Besides campaigning, huge money is being spent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for offering prayers at the fabled Kashi Vishwanath temple  and Kaal Bhairav temple to create venom between the Hindus of Upper castes and lower castes thus following the British Raj policies of divide and rule. The upper castes have also come out for demanding reservation for Swaran Jatiis ie Rajputs, Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Baniyas etc.

Narendra Modi is again relying on Information technology  for  registering  victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Well equipped IT centre has been established in each district alongwith Twitter handles of all its district units, Facebook pages of its important leaders and the minute to minute broadcast,telecast/webcast of speeches of star campaigners are being used to popularize BJP candidates and create an atmosphere of extreme polarization  by visiting every household asking to give BJP a chance.

Meanwhile, Arun Jaitley in his budget speech announced imposition of restriction on cash transactions annually for general public ie “No transactions above Rs3 Lakh should be permitted in cash” while proposing to bring transparency in political funding by restricting the cash donation to Rs 2000.According to the data compiled by the Association of Democratic Reforms, only 25% of the annual income of BJP comes from known sources and 75% of their income comes from anonymous donors.

It is ironic that BJP is lavishly spending on election campaigns but are reluctant to waive off or assist farmers in repaying their loans so that they are not compelled to commit suicides, even our armed forces are not being provided good food and hi-tech arms to secure our national borders rather government uses only lip-service for the Martyrs and Modi government has shun the responsibility of providing jobs to youth by saying that people can take loans under make in India  programs  and if one fails to succeed in the adverse environment created by government then he  should repay the loans by selling their properties.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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