Guwahati: Expenditure statements of MLAs during the last state polls, analyzed by Assam Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), have showed they actually had spent less money than they were allowed to in the last state polls.

Surprisingly, political parties have been demanding that they should be allowed to spend more on election campaigning.

Though the maximum limit of total election expense for Assam election contestants was set at Rs 28 lakh, none of the MLAs in the 126-member assembly fully spent their quota of money, said the ADR's latest report which analyzed all election expenditure statements submitted after the polls

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and even Tarun Gogoi did not spend the maximum amount. "Sonowal stood fifth in the list of MLAs whose expense was almost close to the maximum limit of Rs 28 lakh. He furnished a total expenditure of Rs 25,26,400. Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi's total expense was recorded at Rs 23,58,640," the ADR report highlighted.

The maximum expenditure of about Rs 27.29 lakh has been declared by Congress's Nandita Das (Boko seat) followed by her party mate Rekibuddin Ahmed (Rs 26.47 lakh) and BJP's Utpal Borah (Rs 25.88 lakh).

"Nijanur Rahman of AIUDF (Gauripur) has declared the lowest election expenditure of Rs 3.81 lakh," the ADR report said.

Party-wise average election expenses show that the average spending for winning MLAs from BJP was Rs 15.11 lakh, Congress (Rs 16.98 lakh) and AGP (Rs 14.04 lakh)

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