Will the cost of making a helipad for landing of star campaigner’s chopper be added to candidate’s expenditure?
How to show the expense of a rally?
These were among the questions that BJP candidates, who had arrived for the feedback programme at party’s Jaipur office on Tuesday, put up before the chartered accountants (CAs) and financial experts at the meeting.
The candidates wanted to know how and what to show as election expenditure. Several leaders like member of Parliament from Bikaner Arjun Meghwal, Deeg candidate Digamber Singh, Kishangarh candidate Bhagirath Choudhary were among those who asked various questions from the members of party’s CA cell during the feedback programme held in Jaipur on Tuesday, said sources.Bhagirath Choudhary wanted to know about the way to show expenditures made during the political rallies.
Most of the candidates were worried on how to show the expenses pertaining to arrival and campaigning by ‘star campaigners’ in their constituencies. They were particularly worried over the expenses made during Narendra Modi’s visit to their constituencies and wanted to know how such expenses should be shown while furnishing information to the election department, said sources.Most of the queries were from candidates of Jhalawar who had several questions pertaining to the election expenses.
Notably, as per the Election Commission’s guideline, every candidate was allowed to spend a maximum of Rs 16 lakh as election expenses. The candidates now have to submit their expenditures in a month’s time.
On the first day its ‘feedback session’, the BJP top brass held a one-on-one interaction with its candidates from Bikaner, Bharatpur, Kota and Ajmer divisions on Tuesday.
Sources said that BJP state president Vasundhara Raje interacted with the candidates individually and asked them about their winning prospects.
Party leaders were trying to get booth-wise details from all these candidates.They were asked to give an ‘honest picture’ about their ‘possible victory or defeat’ so that the party could then ascertain a tally of seats it hopes to get based on which further strategy would be devised.
It was made clear to the candidates that if they are getting defeated, then they should also tell who was winning and who was coming second, said the sources.The feedback session of these two divisions continued till about 2 pm, after which BJP’s candidate from Karauli Rohini Kumari and Kolayat candidate Devi Singh Bhati came out. Later, the candidates from Kota and Ajmer divisions were also asked these questions in the feedback session.
Sources said that based on this feedback, the party would be deciding its future course of action.The party would be taking feedback from candidates of other divisions, including Jaipur division, on Wednesday.
In the morning, Udaipur division, Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Dausa and Alwar candidates would be meeting the party’s state top brass and in the evening, Jodhpur and Jaipur candidates would be giving their feedback. BJP’s state vice-president Onkar Singh Lakhawat said that the party passed two resolutions in the morning. The party thanked the voters for voting in large numbers and its own party workers who worked tirelessly for the organisation in the Assembly elections. Party’s senior leader Gulab Chand Kataria addressed the party candidates and claimed that the “wave was similar to that of 1977”.