Poll expenditure for the forthcoming by-elections will skyrocket, agree leaders cutting across the party lines. Multi-cornered contest is one reason for the likely overspending. Little wonder, all the parties have selected candidates with deep pockets.
In fact, no one can promise that the election spending will be within the limits prescribed by the election commission.
The chief electoral officer Banwarlal said the limit for a parliamentary constituency now is Rs.40 lakh as against the earlier Rs.25 lakh. The limit for Assembly constituencies is Rs.16 lakh (it was Rs.10 lakh earlier).
Kummari Krishna, a Congress leader said that this will be grossly insufficient. “You can’t fight a municipal election with this amount,” she observed.
But, spending will not be a constraint as it is a do or die situation for all the stake holders — the Congress, TDP and the YSRC. This would be the semi-final for the 2014 general elections.
TDP leader Varla Ramaiah agreed that one has to spend for winning the election but the TDP cannot be a match to the rich Congress and the YSRC, he said.
But leaders cutting across the party lines are of the opinion that the YSR Congress party will be able to win more seats as they were sitting MLAs earlier.
For Congress, it is the future of CM Kiran Kumar Reddy and also the party. All the political parties preferred candidates with a sound financial background and support of heavy weights.
Chandrababu Naidu had gone on record that it was very difficult for TDP to face the bypolls from time to time.
When it comes to Assembly elections Tirupathi, Udayagiri and Ongole are the seats where huge amounts are likely to be spent.