The high price of Democracy in India 2019.The center for media studies has released a report on the amount spent in the recent 2019 Indian elections.
The figure is penned at around Rs 60,000 crores! Around 15-20% is the actual figures spent by the election commission, the rest in by the candidates. This is by far the most expensive election in Indian history with around Rs 100 crores spent per Lok Sabha constituency.
The election campaign has become more competitive, personal and at places, downright ugly; freebies are given by cash, free gifts, in some places heavy discounts for national and international travel and even bank transfer by means of schemes.
Some constituencies like Shimoga, Amethi, Mandya etc had high spending, in some cases individuals have spent more than 40 crores.
Should we be worried? Where does this money come from? How would the candidates recovery there spendings and losses? The burden will ultimately be borne by the taxpayers indirectly.