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BJD’s savings jumped six-fold during Odisha polls !

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 3:

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has not just swept the general elections held in April this year in Odisha, the party has become immensely richer in the process with its savings having increased six-fold during the elections.

CM Naveen Patnaik, BJD MP Kalikesh Singhdeo during the campaign
CM Naveen Patnaik, BJD MP Kalikesh Singhdeo during the campaign

The expenditure report submitted by the BJD to the Election Commission of India shows that it had collected Rs 27.4 crore, Rs 1.59 crore in cash and 25.85 crore through cheques, from various sources after the announcement of the elections.

The opening balance of the regional party was Rs 2.73 crore (before election) while the closing balance was Rs 19.13 crore. The party claimed to have spent 10.48 crore during the twin polls.

The party, which came to power for the fourth consecutive time, secured 117 seats in the 147-member Odisha Assembly and 20 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

BJD, led by Naveen Patnaik, incurred an expenditure of Rs 2.88 crore on star campaigners while it spent Rs 7.89 lakh for other leaders. The party spent Rs 4.90 crore for promotional advertisements in the media and other mediums, said the report.

It’s total expense on candidates was Rs 2.13 crore.

Aama Odisha Party (AOP), led by Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, has spent Rs 19.75 lakh while it had received Rs 7.10 lakh during the twin polls. The opening balance of the party was 13.67 lakh. Odisha Jana Morcha’s gross expenditure was Rs 8.74 lakh against total receipts of Rs 1.01 crore.

The two national parties Congress and the BJP have not submitted their expenditure reports for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls to the commission so far.