41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend? - India

Country: 
India
Question: 
41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend?
Answer: 
Yes
Comments: 

The maximum limit of expenses for candidates is different between parliamentary and assembly elections. It also differs for some of the Indian states.

The expenditure ceiling is a maximum of 7 million rupees (or $ 106,000) and 2.8 million rupees ($42,000) for parliamentary and assembly elections, respectively (although the precise limit varies by the size of the state). Any expenditure by a third party (to include political parties) in connection with a candidate is attributed to the candidate, but third parties can spend without limit on promoting the “party’s program”(Vaishnav, p.30).

Source: 

Reuters (2019) Factbox: India's elections - Rules on campaign financing and spending. Available at:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-election-spending-factbox/factbox-indias-elections-rules-on-campaign-financing-and-spending-idUSKCN1S7398 (Accessed: 10 April 2020).

Vaishnav, M. (2017). When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics.  Yale University Press. P.30.