statements of certain political parties and their candidates for the 2009 Lok Sabha polls and said there have been discrepancies in financial declarations. ADR said it analysed expenditure statements of 388 MPs out of 277 were from national parties.
Based on expenditure statements of MPs from national parties, the report said a total of Rs 74.6 million was declared by 75 MPs as received from their parties but the national parties have declared that Rs 141.9 million was given to 138 MPs.
The report said out of 123 MPs to whom Congress has declared to have given lumpsum amounts for election expenditure, 81 MPs have declared NIL amount received. Pranab Mukherjee, who was given Rs 1.5 million as declared by the party in the 2009 election, has mentioned that no lump sum amount was received for his election expenses, the report claimed.
A total of Rs 34.5 million was given by Congress to its 33 Ministers. However, 22 Ministers have declared they received no amount while only four have declared the same amount as their party’s declaration
Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Mines Minister Dinsha Patel, Finance Minister P Chidambaram were among 23 others who have declared that they received no lumpsum amount from their parties while Congress declared they gave a total of Rs 23.5 million or an average of Rs one million to these MPs. The report said discrepancies were reported in declarations of Congress and what Subodh Kant Sahay, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Manish Tewari, Sachin Pilot and Beni Prasad Verma claimed.
The ADR said BJP reported that they did not financially support even one winning candidate but 25 MPs declared that they received a total of Rs 27.5 million from their party. Giving party-wise figures on grant to MPs for election expenditure, the report said Congress had declared having given Rs 450,000 each to two MPs, Rs 500,000 each to two MPs,
Rs one million each to 116 MPs, Rs 1.5 million each to 2 MPs and Rs 2.5 million to 1 MP for their election expenditure.
CPM had declared having given a total of Rs 2.68 million to 3 MPs, each receiving amounts below Rs one million and Rs 14.46 million to 10 MPs, each receiving more than Rs one million.
Of the regional parties, a total of 15 MPs from 12 different parties and nine different states have mentioned various amounts as received from their respective parties which do not match with the affidavits submitted by the parties. Currently, the election expenditure statements have to be submitted only by national and recognized regional parties within 90 days after the elections and not by unrecognized parties. The ADR said financial transparency would improve if all contesting parties disclosed their election expenditure during Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections. Details of the donors such as their names, companies, address and the individual contribution is unavailable for public scrutiny, it said. (PTI)