Data collected by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) reveals that the Samajwadi Party (SP) collected maximum amount of money that was spent during state polls between 2004 and 2015.
SP collected a total of Rs.186.8 crores trumping all other parties in its collection and breaching the Rs.100 crore mark.
Out of this collected amount, about Rs.96.54 crore was spent during the decade. But even though it was SP that trumped all parties with regards to its collection, the surprise element of the report was the newly formed Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP).
AAP, in its small span of few years and two elections, collected Rs.38.54 crore and came in second spot on this list.
Out of this, around Rs.22.66 crore has been spent.
The data also shows that cash collections in state assembly elections accounted for 63% of total funds.
The parties collected approximately Rs.2,107 crore in cash during 71 state assembly elections during this time.
It was also noted that 44% of the funds were in cash and collected in the last three Lok Sabha elections.
During 2004, 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, 55% of collections came from cheque payments accounting for nearly Rs.1,300 crore.
The survey also noted that funds collected and expenditure incurred by regional parties – SP, AAP, AIADMK, BJD and SAD – in last three Lok Sabha elections together is Rs.267.14 crore which is about 62% of the total funds.