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Munde tell EC his remarks on poll expenditure were ‘rhetoric’

In the dock for claiming to have spent around Rs eight crore in the last general election, BJP’s deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde on Friday told the Election Commission that his remarks were only ‘rhetoric and nothing more’.

Replying to the EC’s showcause notice for disqualification over his remarks made at a function in Maharashtra, Munde said, ‘My exclamation that Rs 8 crore was spent in the last election has to be read and heard, as a figure of speech a rhetoric and nothing more.’

Munde denied having said that he spent Rs 8 crore in his election, much more than the prescribed limit, and said the remarks made at a book release function were with reference to expenses incurred by his party in Maharashtra in all Parliamentary constituencies during polls.

The BJP leader claimed that it was this huge expense that requires to be curtailed and demanded that the same be expended by the state in order to curb the expenses and the likelihood of black money being used during polls. ‘...My speech ought to have been read from the aforesaid context’, he said to the EC.


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