Take a guess: How much money was spent on the Munugode by-election?

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BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 06, 2022 | 12:59 PMUpdatedApr 07, 2023 | 10:22 PM


Any idea about the quantum of cash seized in the run-up to the recent Munugode by-election?

While officially some ₹10 crore has been shown as seized, the grapevine has it that the actual amount is over ₹30 crore. Where the balance went is anybody’s guess.

The colour of the money could have just changed and what was seized from the BJP’s sponsors might have been used by ruling party men for the same purpose — bribe the voters. Or, the persons from whom the monies were seized could have entered into some sort of settlement later, whereby only a part of it has been recorded.

BJP men had cried foul during the election itself, saying how only their supporters were getting caught, as if the TRS was fighting the election without resorting to distribution of cash.

Very conservative estimates have put the total expenditure in Munugode by both sides at around ₹650 crore to ₹700 crore. A substantial chunk was, of course, provided by the respective parties, while the candidates mobilised the rest.

BJP candidate Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, we are told, apparently pledged/sold five acres of land in an emerging hotspot to the west of Hyderabad to raise ₹100 crore.