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West Bengal Assembly polls 2016: 55% of MLAs declare election expenditure less than half of the limit
The expenditure limit for the candidates during the West Bengal Assembly elections 2016 was Rs. 28 lakhs. West Bengal Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have come forward with their analysis of all the election expenditure statements submitted after the Assembly elections for 294 MLAs.

Candidates have constantly claimed that the election expenditure limit set is very low. However, based on the election expense declarations of all 294 MLAs analysed from the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections to the CEO, 162 MLAs (55%) have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit in their constituency.

Based on the election expense declarations of 294 MLAs from West Bengal Assembly to the CEO, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is only about Rs 13.39 lakhs, which is 48% of the expense limit.

According to a release by the ADR, the party wise average election expenses shows that the average spending for 211 MLAs from AITC is Rs 13.57 lakhs (49% of the expense limit), for 44 MLAs from INC is Rs 17.57 lakhs (63% of the expense limit), for 26 MLAs from CPI(M) is Rs 7.19 lakhs (26% of the expense limit), and for 3 MLAs from BJP is Rs 17.10 lakhs (61% of the expense limit).

The maximum expense of about Rs 25.52 lakhs (91% of the expense limit) has been declared by Apurba Sarkar of INC from Kandi constituency followed by Rajib Banerjee of AITC from Domjur constituency with an expense of Rs 25.33 lakhs (or 90% of the expense limit) and Firdousi Begum of AITC from Sonarpur Uttar constituency with an expense of Rs 24.91 lakhs (or 89% of the expense limit).

Based on the election expense declarations of all 42 Ministers analysed from West Bengal Assembly, 2016 to the ECI, 22 Ministers (52%) have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit in their constituency.

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