The Uttar Pradesh polls saw a total of Rs 5,500 Crore spent for Campaigning by various Political parties. About Rs 1,000 Crore was included towards ‘note for vote’, with nearly one-third voters admitting to the cash or liquor offer, today a survey claimed it.
As per the pre-post poll study by think-tank CMS India, Rs 5,500 Crore were only spent by major political parties in the just-concluded assembly election in UP alone.
However, the Election Commission allows Rs 25 lakh per candidate for the campaigning expenditure, but it was found that most of the candidates spent much more than what is officially allowed. The Campaign activities a range of conventional and non-conventional activities.
All total there was Rs 600-900 Crore for printing electronic material, including wide screen projections and video vans.
According to the survey, Every vote cast in UP cost about Rs 750, which is highest one in the country. As per reports, this time in assembly elections; Rs 200 Crore for Up and Rs 100 Crore for Punjab were confiscated. The report also added that what gets to electoral campaign pipeline is 4-5 times more than what actually gets confiscated by the authorities.
Following the trend, in 2017, Rs 1,000 crore were estimated to be distributed among the vote casters.
The survey also noted that 55 percent of voters in Uttar Pradesh knew personally someone or the other in the neighborhood who had actually taken up the money during or earlier the assembly polls.
Surprisingly, the study also found that the demonetization had significantly affected the assembly poll elections. However, in some constituencies where the fight was tight, there involved Rs500-Rs 2,000 depending upon the number of voters cast and thereby influencing the role of the voter.
Some of the campaign elections involved methods like door-to-door, rallies, Yatras, social media, motorcycle rallies, multi-screen projections, advertisement through TV channels, newspapers and in celebrity shows too.