A perusal of expenditure details, furnished by candidates who contested the Assembly elections, before the Election Department, points out that none of the candidates has spent any where near the prescribed limit of Rs. 8 lakh. In fact, only five candidates have spent 50 per cent of the amount permitted by the Election Commission.
Former Home Minister E. Valsaraj, who won the Mahe seat, tops the list of five candidates, who spent more than Rs. 4 lakh.
While Mr. Valsaraj (Congress) incurred an expenditure of Rs. 5.3 lakh, G. Nehru alias Kuppusamy (AINRC), who represents Orleanpet constituency, incurred an expenditure of Rs. 5.12 lakh.
Minister M. Chandrakasu, who represents Nedungadu (AINRC), spent Rs. 4.49 lakh, while his party colleague P.R Siva, who won the Thirunallar seat, incurred an expenditure of Rs. 4.44 lakh.
Another AIRNC member V. Sabapathy alias Kothandaraman representing Ariankuppam constituency spent Rs. 4.41 lakh.
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy (AINRC) spent a sum of Rs 3.3 lakh in Kadirgamam, and Rs. 2.77 lakh in his second constituency, Indira Nagar. The poll expenditure details of other Ministers in Mr. Rangasamy's Cabinet are as follows:
P. Rajavelou, who won the Embalam constituency, spent Rs. 2.9 lakh and N.G. Pannirselvam representing Ozhukarai, spent Rs. 2.29 lakh.
The poll expenditure of other political heavyweights in the Union Territory is as follows:
Former Chief Minister V. Vathilingam, representing Kamaraj Nagar constituency, spent a sum of Rs. 2.07 lakh; former Ministers K. Lakshminarayanan, representing Raj Bhavan constituency, incurred an expenditure of Rs. 2.02 lakh; Malladi Krishna Rao, representing Yanam, spent a sum of Rs. 1.58 lakh.
Former Ministers, who unsuccessfully contested this time, M. Kandasamy and M.O.H.F. Shahjahan, incurred an expenditure of Rs. 2.73 lakh and Rs. 2.89 lakh respectively.
Two members of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, A. Anbalagan, representing Uppalam, and Om Sakthi Segar, representing Nellithope, spent a sum of Rs. 2.28 and Rs. 2.52 lakh. The least amount of Rs. 1.55 lakh was incurred by Nanda T. Saravanan, who won the Muthialpet constituency. The department had posted the list of candidates and expenditure details on the government website, www.pon.nic.in.
Officials in the Election Department told The Hindu that the poll expenditure submitted by the candidates would be cross checked with the details collected by the expenditure monitoring committee of the Elections Department.
Returning officers would submit a report and it would be sent to the Election Commission.
Meanwhile, the Department would send notices to 13 candidates who have not submitted expenditure details.
Keywords: Puducherry Assembly polls