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Patiala: Given the Covid-19 restrictions on campaign rallies this time, candidates even in the top-level assembly segments of Punjab have not exhausted their enhanced campaign spending limit of Rs 40 lakh. AAP was the biggest spender.
Restrictions on large gatherings and road shows remained until the first week of February. In the last assembly elections, the spending limit was Rs 28 lakh. In the high-profile Dhuri segment, CM candidate of Aam Aadmi party and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann spent Rs 28.33 lakh from the day of his nomination to Feb. 18, while Congress candidate and incumbent MP Dalbir Singh Goldy spent Rs 25.64 lakh. BJP’s Rajdeep Singh spent Rs 18.24 lakh, while Shiromani Akali Dal’s Prakash Chand Garg used Rs 14.06 lakh.
AAP candidate Sangrur Narinder Kaur Bharaj had blown Rs 28.24 lakh till two days ago, while Cabinet Minister and Congress candidate Vijay Inder Singla had spent Rs 29.15 lakh, BJP candidate Arvind Khanna had used Rs. 14.76 lakh, and SAD’s Winnderjit Singh had spent Rs 14.18 lakh. None of these candidates took any money or materials from the parties.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has spent Rs 12.4 lakh on his Chamkaur Sahib campaign till Feb 17, while his rival Dr. Charanjit Singh of AAP has spent Rs 9.97 lakh . In Ropar, former SAD Minister Daljit Singh Cheema spent the most (Rs 20.7 lakh), followed by Congress candidate Barinder Singh Dhillon (Rs 15.7 lakh), AAP Dinesh Chadha (Rs 13.1 lakh) and BJP Iqbal Singh Lalpura (Rs 12.1 lakh). In Anandpur Sahib, Assembly Speaker Rana Kanwar Pal Singh presented a campaign bill for Rs 23.7 lakh, while AAP’s Harjot Singh Bains had used Rs 15.59 lakh till there. two days old.
SAD’s Daljit Singh Cheema said, “The restrictions were only eased for a few days. Otherwise, all the contestants would have reached their spending limit.”
In Malerkotla, Cabinet Minister Razia Sultana spent Rs 16.64 lakh till February 17, while AAP’s Jamil Ur Rehman presented a bill of Rs 17.01 lakh. F Nesara Khatoon of PLC spent Rs 10.93 lakh, while Nusrat Ali Khan of SAD used Rs 5.28 lakh.

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