Mumbai: Election Commission is planning to issue notice against senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde. Gopinath Munde had proclaimed to spend Rs 8 crore in his Lok Sabha election of 2009.
On Thursday, Munde said in a book release function, “I spent Rs 29,000 when I contested my first Assembly poll in 1980. But had to spend Rs 8 crore for my last (2009 Lok Sabha) election.” Munde is presently BJP’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha.
He also said, “I hope no Election Commission official is present among the audience. Even if an Election Commission authority is present, six more months are to go for the Lok Sabha polls. Even if a case is filed, so be it.”
Senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar come in support of Munde and said, “As Munde has raised very valid issue of government funding of the election and also rising expenditure in the election, I thing he has flagged very important discussion in the country.”
Chief of Election Commission VS Sampath said that election commission will take an action after the verification. Sampath said, “We will verify his statement and then take appropriate action as per the law. At this stage, I cannot say what the action will be.”
Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi attacked on BJP leader and said, “Gopinath Munde has violated the law of the land. If he has made this confession, then the EC should carry out an investigation in this.”
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said, “Gopinath Munde has accepted that he had spent Rs 8 crore during the election campaign. This amount is much more than the prescribed limit by the Election Commission. I therefore request the commission to take action and disqualify Mr Munde.”