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Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party spent Rs 68.64 crore in assembly elections held in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, this year, which is Rs 9 crore more than the election expenditure of three national parties – TMC, NCP and CPI. The party, in its presentation to the Election Commission, said that it spent a total of Rs 68,64,63,288 to contest the assembly elections in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
While she contested all the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, she managed to win only one. Political observers had termed the BSP’s poor performance under the leadership of Dalit leader Mayawati as its downfall for the party. In its report submitted to the Election Commission, the Trinamool Congress said it spent Rs 47.54 crore in the assembly elections in five states.
The Communist Party of India in its election expenditure report said that it spent Rs 1.30 crore in five states. The election bill of Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party was Rs 10.54 crore. The BSP won two seats in Uttarakhand and one in Punjab, while remaining empty handed in Goa and Manipur. BSP, TMC, CPI and NCP are recognized national parties. The BJP retained power in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, while the Aam Aadmi Party ousted the Congress in Punjab in the state elections.