“Sadly, the biggest challenge to all of us today is the nexus between the politicians and crime and secondly the money power,” he said. He said some candidates are unhappy with the cap on election spending imposed by the EC as they contend that the expenditure incurred by them is much more than this, Brahma said during a CII interaction.
“One gentlemen came up to me and said why did you raise it to only Rs 7 million...raise it to Rs 30 million, how can we fight elections with only Rs 7 million,” the Election Commissioner said. “When I asked how much you would be spending, he said he would spend more than Rs 350 million. Further, he said he can manage to raise the amount,” Brahma said. Citing another example, he said a candidate in Andhra Pradesh was ready to spend as much as Rs 1,000 million over elections. (PTI)