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Rs 50 Lakh Per Day, Rs 1.59 Lakh Per Kilometre: What Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra Cost Congress | Exclusive

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with ‘beedi’ workers during the ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’, in Murshidabad district, West Bengal. (PTI)

The Annual Audit Report of the Congress, filed with the Election Commission of India this week, also shows that against its income of Rs 452 crore, the party has spent Rs 467 crore during 2022-23. This included Rs 192 crore worth of election expenditure

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started from Tamil Nadu on September 7, 2022, and ended in Jammu and Kashmir on January 30, 2023, cost the Congress about Rs 50 lakh per day. In terms of the distance of the journey, the Grand Old Party spent Rs 1.59 lakh per kilometre on average, as per party documents.

The Annual Audit Report of the Congress, filed with the Election Commission of India this week, also shows that against its income of Rs 452 crore, the party has spent Rs 467 crore during 2022-23. This included Rs 192 crore worth of election expenditure.

Counted under ‘Administrative and General Expenses’, the party said it spent Rs 71.83 crore on the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The Yatra was launched in Kanyakumari and ended in Srinagar. It lasted 145 days, including breaks in between. A distance of nearly 4,500 kilometres was covered in the Yatra.

Political parties have to file financial accounts with the ECI. They have to submit contributions, audited annual accounts and election expenditure statements.

Compared to the previous year, Congress party’s expenditure under ‘Administrative and General Expenses’ in 2022-23 has jumped by 2.6 times.

Also, the Grand Old Party’s overall expenditure has gone up from Rs 400 crore to Rs 467 crore between 2021-22 and 2022-23. On the other hand, the party’s income has gone down from Rs 541 crore in 2021-22 to Rs 452 crore in 2022-23, the report shows.

The donations, grants and contributions to the party have dropped significantly by around Rs 80 crore — from Rs 347 crore in 2021-22 to Rs 268 crore in 2022-23.

Currently, Gandhi is undertaking the second such journey between Manipur and Mumbai — the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

On January 27, the Congress launched the ‘Donate for Nyay’ crowd-funding campaign as part of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. Under this initiative, individuals can donate to the party for every kilometre of the Yatra.

As per the official website of the Yatra, many individuals donated amounts ranging from Rs 20 per kilometre to Rs 100 per kilometre to Gandhi. This ranged from Rs 1.34 lakh to Rs 6.70 lakh. The ‘Donate for Nyay’ campaign has received approximately Rs 4 crore in donations for the Congress in just four days, it added.



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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