NEW DELHI : The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which returned to power with a thumping majority in May last year, spent over 1,264 crores in the Lok Sabha elections and four state polls held between April and May.

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections BJP had spent 714 crores.

The party has declared this in its expenditure filing report to the Election Commission (EC) which was first reported by Times of India in a news report published on Thursday.

The expenditure report was made public by the EC on its website.

According to report BJP's gross total expenditure for general party propaganda and for candidates stood at 1,264 crore. The total expenditure on contesting candidates was at 186.5 crore. Spending on public meetings and processions stood at 9.9 crore.

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha went to the polls between April and May.

In the election expenditure report filed with the EC on 19 November, BJP said the total expenditure done by the party's central headquarters was 755 crore. BJP declared it spent a staggering over 175.6 crore on its star campaigners alone.

The party's expenditure on media advertisements during the polls stood over 325 crores, which included print and electronic media, TV channels, cable network and bulk messages.

BJP's archrival Congress, declared an expenditure of 820 crore for the elections. Congress' expenditure had included 626.36 crores on general party propaganda and 194 crore on its candidates. In the previous Lok Sabha elections the party had spent 516 crores.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP created history by returning to power for the second consecutive term with a greater majority. The BJP, which won 116 seats in the 2009 general elections, now has 303 seats in the Lower House, the highest number of seats the party has won in national polls.

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