BJP MP Sunny Deol exceeded his election expenses by ₹8.51 lakh

Gurdaspur District Election officer Vijay Ujjwal informed that some gaps were found in the expenses after they compared Deol’s expenses with their “shadow register”

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Gurdaspur District Election officer has sent a report to state Election Commission informing that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sunny Deol had exceeded the cap of election expenses in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Election Commission of India (ECI) allows the candidates to spend up to ₹70 lakh.

However, the report states that Deol nearly spent ₹78.51 which is ₹8.51 lakh more than the set limit for parliamentary election expenditure per candidate. Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S Karuna Raju further sent a copy of the report to the ECI. 

Gurdaspur District Election officer Vijay Ujjwal informed that some gaps were found in the expenses after they compared Deol’s expenses with their “shadow register”. 

This amounts to corrupt practices under section 123(6) of the Representation of People Act 1951. An MP can be disqualified on the grounds of corrupt practices, as per section 8A of the same Act. 

Earlier, a notice to explain the election expenditure was sent to newly elected BJP MP Sunny Deol by the Gurdaspur District Election officer. 

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