BJP spent 27,000 crore in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Probe source of money: Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal
Kapil Sibal on Electoral Reform in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, July 3 : Hitting at the very root of the BJP’s campaign against black money, Congress leader Kapil Sibal questioned the source of the money spent by the BJP on the recent Lok Sabha elections as the saffron party accounts for nearly 45% of the total money spent in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

“We should investigate if the source was black or white money,” Sibal suggested. He pointed out that prior to the elections, the Finance Act was amended to find the source of the money. Prior to Lok Sabha polls, Indian Companies Act was amended also amended, he said.

An estimated sum of Rs. 60,000 crore was spent on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, of which the BJP alone spent nearly Rs. 27,000 crore – 45% of the overall amount. The figures were revealed in a report by the Centre of Media Studies (CMS), which had dubbed the recently concluded election as the “most expensive election ever, anywhere”.

The Congress leader criticises the massive spending during the recent Lok Sabha elections 2019. He cited the a private agency’s report and said over Rs 70,000 crore were spent during the elctions. “Almost 45 per cent of the amount was spent by the BJP, is what the reports states,” Sibal said.

Citing the report, Sibal said, “Never before in history of elections such massive spending took place The 2019 general election emerges to be the most expensive election ever, anywhere.”

Speaking in favour of One nation, one poll, BJP Bhupender Yadav said expenditure would be less when all elections are conducted together.

“The way we spend on current elections is a major issue,” says Yadav in Rajya Sabha. We should have one voters list,” BJP Bhupender Yadav said.

“On one hand we are working towards the E-ballot and on the other we are creating doubts about EVMs,” says Bhupender Yadav in Rajya Sabha. Concluding his speech on the discussion of electoral reforms, Yadav says there should be discussion how to strengthen the use of EVMs instead of criticising its functioning as a whole.

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