BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has unleashed the most expensive election campaign in the history of the country, estimated at nearly `10,000 crore, AICC spokesperson R S Surjewala said on Tuesday.
Citing media reports, Surjewala said BJP spent over `5,000 crore on its advertisement campaign up to phase IV elections. This is equal to what US President Barack Obama spent on his entire presidential campaign. On the other hand, Congress’ election campaign is nowhere near BJP’s, he said.
This huge spending has established that the saffron party’s promise to bring back black money from abroad has already begun with massive supply in the campaign itself, he said.
The Congress leader said large tracts of revenue land in Gujarat has been transferred to corporate houses for a pittance.
Citing an example, he said the Gujarat government had allotted 9,558 acres to a company for a nominal price of `1-32 per acre near Kutch without floating any tender.
With Modi assuming total control over BJP, the original party has faded, Surjewala said.