Total funds collected by 15 political parties during Maharashtra & Haryana Assembly Elections held in 2014 was Rs 464.55 cr and total expenditure incurred was Rs 357.21 cr.
• Funds collected by the parties at the Central Headquarters was Rs 233.76 cr and expenditure was Rs 204.10 cr. Maharashtra State Units spent Rs 136.69 cr while the Haryana state units spent Rs 16.42 cr.
• BSP, AIFB, IUML & JDU are the only parties that declared no funds collected either at the central or at the state unit level despite contesting elections.
• AIFB, IUML & JDU are the only parties that have incurred no expenditure either at the central or at the state unit level despite contesting elections.
ADR India did analysis of Funds Collected and Expenditure Incurred by Political Parties: Maharashtra & Haryana Assembly Elections, 2014 This report analyses the funds received and expenditure incurred by recognized political parties, during the state Assembly elections to Maharashtra and Haryana, held in the months of September (elections announced on 20-09-2014) and October (elections completed on 22-10-2014), 2014.
• Political parties declare their expenditure under the head of Publicity Travel Expenses, Other/Miscellaneous expenses and Lumpsum amount paid to their contesting candidates.
• Political Parties that contested in Maharashtra & Haryana Assembly Elections, 2014, spent the highest, Rs 280.72 cr on Publicity, followed by Rs 41.40 cr on travel expenses, Rs 22.59 cr on Other/Miscellaneous expenses and Rs 18.16 cr on Lumpsum amount paid to candidates.
• Expenditure on publicity is 77.36% of the overall expenditure declared under various heads.
• Expenditure on other/miscellaneous is 6.23% of the overall expenditure declared under various heads. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Wednesday called for urgent introspection inside party. Mr Scindia said. “I don’t comment on statements made by others, but it is true that the Congress is in dire need of introspection. The party’s situation should be assessed and improved, that’s the need of the hour,”
A close aide of Rahul Gandhi Mr Scindia is reportedly not happy on political development of MadhyaPradesh Congress. It also seems that he has been side-lined in home state after Rahul Gandhi resignation.
There has been speculation that Scindia could leave the party for the BJP unless he was appointed as the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief. His also supported the Narendra Modi government’s move to scrap article 370.
Meanwhile Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said the party was trying to expose the ruling BJP over issues of corruption and highlighting its shortcomings and follies, while hoping that all leaders of the grand old party would work in this regard.
Earlier senior leader Salman Khurshid had said that Rahul Gandhi should have continued as the party president instead of giving up after the Lok Sabha elections. “We haven’t really got together to analyse why we were defeated. Our biggest problem is that our leader has walked away.”