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Didn't spend Rs 8 crore on 2009 LS campaign, it was a figure of speech: Gopinath Munde

The EC had served a notice to Mumda after the BJP leader was caught on camera claiming to have spent Rs 8 crore on his 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign.

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Updated:August 2, 2013, 3:30 PM IST
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Didn't spend Rs 8 crore on 2009 LS campaign, it was a figure of speech: Gopinath Munde
The EC had served a notice to Mumda after the BJP leader was caught on camera claiming to have spent Rs 8 crore on his 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign.

Mumbai: Taking a U-turn from his initial claims that he had spending Rs 8 crore on his 2009 Lok Sabha campaign, BJP leader Gopinath Munde said that it was all rhetoric and just a figure of speech.

The senior BJP leader in his reply to a notice given by the Election Commission said that he had never spent Rs 8 crore, but had merely exaggerated the figure for effect. "The BJP had collectively spent Rs 18 crore on all aspects of the elections, and that he was arguing for this expenditure to be curtailed," he added.

The EC had served a notice to Mumda after the BJP leader was caught on camera claiming to have spent Rs 8 crore on his 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign. Munde had openly dared the Election Commission to act against him for his remark and sought state funding of elections to check use of black money.

"I spent Rs 29,000 when I contested my first Assembly poll in 1980. But had to spend Rs 8 crore for my last (2009 Lok Sabha) election," Munde, BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, said at a book release function yesterday in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari.

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