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).
Reuters (2019) Factbox: India's elections - Rules on campaign financing and spending. Available at:
Vaishnav, M. (2017). When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. Yale University Press. P.30.