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N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     19 April 2009

Total expenditures in Lok Sabha Election:

Can any of the Members englithen the Members as to how much expenditures is involved in the Lok Sabha Election process, that is spend by the Central Government? Only the Central Government expenditures not the expenditures incurred by the Candidates.

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Shree. ( Advocate.)     19 April 2009




Maximam Election Expenses Decided by Rules:

The total of the expenditure of which account is to be kept under section 77 of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 and which is incurred or authorized in connection with an election in a State or Union territory mentioned in column 2 of the Table below shall not exceed –

(a) in any one Parliamentary constituency of that State or Union territory, the amount specified in the corresponding column 3 of the said Table; and

(b) in any one Assembly constituency, if any, of that State or Union territory, the amount specified in the corresponding column 4 of the said Table: -
Maximum Election Expenses Under Conduct Of Election Rules, 1961 (See Rule 90)

Sl. No.

Name of State or Union Territory

Maximum limit of election expenses in any one

Parliamentary Constituency Assembly Constituency
1 2 3 4

1. Andhra Pradesh 25,00,000 10,00,000
2. Arunachal Pradesh 17,00,000 6,00,000
3. Assam 25,00,000 10,00,000
4. Bihar 25,00,000 10,00,000
5. Chhattisgarh 25,00,000 10,00,000
6. Goa 14,00,000 5,00,000
7. Gujarat 25,00,000 10,00,000
8. Haryana 25,00,000 10,00,000
9. Himachal Pradesh 25,00,000 7,00,000
10. Jammu and Kashmir 25,00,000 ---
11. Jharkhand 25,00,000 10,00,000
12. Karnataka 25,00,000 10,00,000
13. Kerala 25,00,000 10,00,000
14. Madhya Pradesh 25,00,000 10,00,000
15. Maharashtra 25,00,000 10,00,000
16. Manipur 22,00,000 5,00,000
17. Meghalaya 22,00,000 5,00,000
18. Mizoram 20,00,000 5,00,000
19. Nagaland 25,00,000 5,00,000
20. Orissa 25,00,000 10,00,000
21. Punjab 25,00,000 10,00,000
22. Rajasthan 25,00,000 10,00,000
23. Sikkim 17,00,000 5,00,000
24. Tamil Nadu 25,00,000 10,00,000
25. Tripura 25,00,000 5,00,000
26. Uttarakhand 25,00,000 7,00,000
27. Uttar Pradesh 25,00,000 10,00,000
28. West Bengal 25,00,000 10,00,000


1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands 17,00,000 --
2. Chandigarh 14,00,000 --
3. Dadra and Nagar Haveli 10,00,000 --
4. Daman and Diu 10,00,000 --
5. Delhi 25,00,000 9,00,000
6. Lakshadweep 10,00,000
7. Puducherry 20,00,000 5,00,000

 Info Source:

Dear Assumi Sir,

   Dont get shocked...........

As per a survey report, India is going to expend Rs 10 Thousand Crores in the coming General Election 2009. Let’s compare it with the previous elections. The following statement shows the total expenditure incurred in the revision of electoral rolls and the conducting of Elections to the Lok Sabha, since the First General Elections held in 1952.

Expenditure Incurred
Year of Elections Total Amount (in Rs.) (Provisional)
1952 10,45,00,000
1957 5,90,00,000
1962 7,32,00,000
1967 10,79,69,000
1971 11,60,87,450
1977 23,03,68,000
1980 54,77,39,000
1984 81,51,34,000
1989 1,54,22,00,000
1991 359,10,24,679
1996 597,34,41,000
1998 666,22,16,000*
1999 880,00,00,000**
2004 1300,00,00,000***

* Including the demand of election expenditure incurred on Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra
**Approximate figures
*** Provisional

K.C.Suresh (Advocate)     20 April 2009

Thank You Shree for the information which is shocking

N.K.Assumi (Advocate)     20 April 2009

Shree, thank you for the valuable information: Indeed the election expenditures is shocking. Our government spend so much for electing our members to do nothing for the welfare of the people. It would be much better to go for developmental works inspite of such collosal expenditures for Election? Imagine what noble works we can do with such a huge expenditures.

prof s c pratihar (medical practitioner &legal studies)     20 April 2009

prof mahalanabis founder of isi calcutta could have been happy to see yr mr shree kindly give us some sugessions -- not to political parties, how such wastage of public money could be prevented. thanks

Shree. ( Advocate.)     21 April 2009

Dear Prof,

The greatest festival of Indian democracy, generally a once-in five- years affair I read somewhere in a research that Indians spent close to Rs.21800 crores to get access to 11 essential services. …. this … and money spent in elections is almost never account for… shows that we have a long way to go as far as governance and economic regulations are concerned. And guess who is in charge of making the regulations…. the very people who are seen handing out doles to public….India is a poor but a progressive country. Inspite of all that we are still facing problems in potable water, education and roads whereas crores of rupees are being spent on elections. The money which should have been utilized for development is being spent on elections.It is unfair to paint a picture where the expenses on an election are portrayed as an economic drain or root of evil. The fact is that this price of our democracy. It is naive to imagine a situation where the elections are held with less funds, white funds or transparent funds. However, if the cost of maintaining the biggest democracy in the world is what it is. Let us not crib. Set back, relax, and enjoy the Dance of Democracy!


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