Chennai : Politicians who are crying hoarse over the Rs 70 lakh expenditure limit set by the Election Commission of India for campaigning in Lok Sabha polls could well learn some worthy tips from former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, who claims to have kept his election expenses to less than one-tenth of the limit.

Maran, who failed in his bid to score a hat-trick win from the Central Chennai Parliamentary constituency this May, has in his election expenditure statement claimed that he spent just Rs 5.54 lakh for the whole campaign. A copy of his expenditure statement was made available by the Election Commission on Tuesday.

Significantly, even the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from the constituency J Prabakar, who had during the campaigning, alleged that Maran had overshot the Rs 70 lakh limit, has submitted that he spent Rs 6.66 lakh for the election, higher than the DMK’s star candidate.

In his complaint to the EC, the AAP candidate had sought disqualification of Maran. To buttress his allegation, he had said, “Maran had filed election an expenditure statement for the period April 4 to April 9 as Rs 44,630 only. For the same period, the shadow register of the EC shows his expenditure as Rs 61,64,200. Similarly, the declared expenditure for the period April 10 to April 15 by Maran is Rs.3,83,911. For the same period, the EC observers’ shadow register shows an expenditure of Rs. 20,14,791.”

Maran, who had then denied the allegations of overshooting the expenditure limit, has now shown that he has spend only a fraction of the limit set by the poll body.

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