The Election Commission is likely to take a decision on the complaint of alleged fudging of election expenses account by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan during the 2009 assembly poll within a week, state BJP Vice President Kirit Somaiya said. It maybe recalled that a controversy has erupted over Chavan’s expenses on putting out advertisements in the media during his election campaign with the Chief Minister claiming he only spent around Rs 11,000 on paid advertisements. Somaiya rubbished his claim saying Chavan received coverage worth much more in newspapers with advertisements masquerading as news which he alleged were paid for. Recently a delegation of BJP leaders including Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde met with the Chief Election Commissioner who told the delegation that the poll panel was examining its content. Under electoral rules, a candidate in an assembly poll is barred from incurring an overall expenditure of more than Rs 10 lakh on campaign. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Dhiraj Mishra for NMTV News.
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