EC made public the audit reports of national and regional parties in India
M K Stalin’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has spent Rs.35.40 crore in 2021-22, according to the party’s annual balance sheet. Of this, the ruling party in Tamil Nadu has spent Rs.30.62 crore, or 87 percent, on advertising.
Its arch-rival, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), is not far behind as the main opposition party in the southern state has spent about 78 percent — Rs.22.28 crore — on advertisements, official data is analyzed.
Last week, the Election Commission of India made public the audit reports of national and regional parties in India and of these, An analysis of the expenditure of 17 parties. Is worth reading.
Among the parties were NCP, YSRCP, and CPI, who have not spent any amount on advertisement as per their annual audit reports submitted to the poll body. CPM and Congress have not provided the break-up for their election expenditure in the audit report.
Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK has spent Rs.10.67 crore on print and electronic advertisement and another Rs.19.95 crore on cable and TV channels. The advertisement makes up over 97 percent of the party’s election expenditure and 87 percent of the party’s total expenditure during 2021-22. In total, the party spent Rs.31.54 crore on elections out of Rs.35.40 crore expenditure, as per the audit report.
Tamil Nadu’s main opposition AIADMK has spent Rs.28.43 crore during 2021-22, including Rs 22.47 crore in election expenditure. A total of 22.28 crore, or 78 percent of the total expenditure, was on print and electronic advertisement while another Rs.18.47 lakh were travel expenses of star campaigners.
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