In the wake of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Election Commission of India (ECI) has served notice to Congress candidate Digvijay Singh from Bhopal constituency and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur over alleged discrepancies in the election expenditure.
According to the election commission guidelines, every registered political party and all politicians have to file their accounts of the number of expenses done in the election process within 90 days after the completion of elections.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the election commission’s response to the expenditure incurred by MNS candidate and it should be shown in the accounts of opposition candidates in the 9 Lok Sabha constituencies where Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray addressed his rallies.
The election commission on Friday also sought details of the expenses incurred by Raj Thackeray in his election rallies.
Congress candidate from Bhopal constituency has claimed to have spent ₹21,30,136 any selection released till Friday. However, according to the election commission, the observer team has found out that Singh spent over ₹39,47,674 in the election process.
Another observation by the election commission found out that Pragya Singh Thakur submitted an election expenditure of ₹6,27,663. However, the total expenses amount to ₹13,51,756.
542 parliamentary constituencies in the entire country are witnessing the Lok Sabha elections in 7 phases. the first four phases of Lok Sabha elections held on April 11, April 18, April 23, and April 29. The remaining three phases of elections will be held on May 6, May 12, and May 19.
Bhopal will go to polls in the 6th phase of elections on May 12. The results for the Lok Sabha elections will be announced on May 23.