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Candidates spent Rs 6,900 crore in Gram Panchayat, Urban Local Body elections in Andhra Pradesh

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, AP Editors Association president V V R Krishnamraju said that they had collected data from political experts, analysts, representatives of various political parties, activists, newspapers and representatives of civil societies.

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Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Editors Association (APEA) has estimated that Rs.6,900 crore has been spent by the candidates of various political parties who contested in the recently concluded Gram Panchayat (GP) and Urban Local Body (ULB) elections in Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, AP Editors Association president V V R Krishnamraju said that they had collected data from political experts, analysts, representatives of various political parties, activists, newspapers and representatives of civil societies.
He said that they analyzed the data and estimated that all the candidates of various political parties together had spent Rs.6,900 crore in the GP and ULB elections to win the election. Krishnamraju said that two organizations- Better Andhra Pradesh and Jana Vignana Vedhika- had also estimated that about Rs.6,900 crore was spent in the state by political parties.
“We have divided the political parties as three groups placing the ruling YSRCP in one group, the principal opposition TDP in the second group and all other parties in the third group to estimate the election expenditure. The political parties in the three groups spent the money to buy voters, distribute liquor, to achieve unanimous elections, campaigning and other expenditure. The political parties in the three groups altogether have spent Rs.6,900 crore to win in the Gram Panchayat and Urban Local Body elections”, Krishnamraju explained.
Krishnamraju said that luring voters with money in elections is an unlawful Act. However, the contesting candidates of all political parties faced the allegations that they lured voters with money.

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