Mumbai: The Election Commission (EC) is set to issue a notice to BJP leader Gopinath Munde after he admitted that he had spent Rs 8 crore on 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign. The leader could even be disqualified from contesting polls for three years.
"When I contested my first elections I spent just Rs 29,000. But I had to spend Rs 8 crore on my campaign in the last Lok Sabha polls," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.
Munde publicly stated that he had violated the Election Commission's guideline, wherein the prescribed limit is Rs 25 lakh. He even dared the EC to act against him. "Even if there is someone from the Election Commission listening, I don't care. Anyways, Parliament elections are happening just in a few months," he said.
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said EC should investigate Munde's statement and disqualify him. "Gopinath Munde said he spent Rs 8 crore in last Lok Sabha election. EC should investigate his statement,take action and disqualify him."
Professor Jagdeep Chhokar, Association for Democratic Reform said the election watchdog would agree that there is a need of debate on the use of money power. "Even the election wathdog would agree the need of seriousl debate on the use of money power in elections and that of electoral reform."
The BJP leader was simply pointing out the unrealitic expenditure limits and an unspoken fact that almost every candidate violates that limit.