After the demonetisation in the country on 8 November 2016, the main opposition Congress continued to attack the Center and the Narendra Modi government that the cash crisis has deepened in the country. Many political parties are always saying that due to the strictness after demonetisation, it is now difficult to raise political funds. Amidst all this, Congress has spent Rs 820 crores in this year's Lok Sabha elections. This election expense of the Congress is much higher than the last general elections. In 2014, the Congress spent Rs 516 crore for its election campaign in the general elections.
Along with the Lok Sabha elections, assembly elections were also held in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Sikkim. The cost of these elections is also included by the Congress. In the 2014 general elections, the BJP had spent more than Rs 714 crore on its election campaign, more than the Congress. However, the details of the amount spent by the BJP in the 2019 elections are yet to be given.
The Congress commissioned the Election Commission on 31 October detailing the amount spent during the electionAccording to the details given to the party, the party spent Rs 626.3 crore for its core campaign and about Rs 193.9 crore for its candidates. The Congress party spent a total of Rs 856 crore from the announcement of elections till the end of the elections. Let me tell you that during the elections in May, the social media head of Congress, Divya Spandana, said, 'We have no money.'
It is worth mentioning that the Congress, the oldest party in the country, spent an amount of Rs 636.36 crore on its core campaign in view of elections, out of which Rs 573 crore was paid by the party by check, while Rs 14.33 crore was paid in cash. The central party headquarters spent a total of Rs 356 crore on media publicity and advertisements.
Apart from this, around Rs 47 crore was spent on posters and other election related materials. 86.6 crores were also spent on travel expenses of its star campaigners. Apart from this, Congress spent 40 crores in Chhattisgarh and Odisha and 36 crores in Uttar Pradesh, 18 crores in Maharashtra, about 15 crores in West Bengal and 13 crores in Kerala, from where its then president Rahul Gandhi also contested.
Apart from Congress, other national parties have also submitted details of their election expenses to the Election Commission. Of these, Trinamool Congress (TMC) spent 83.6 crores, BSP 55.4 crores, NCP spent 72.3 crores and CPM spent 73.1 crores.