Mumbai: Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde has stoked a controversy through his confession about spending Rs 8 crore on 2009 Lok Sabha campaign.

"I spent Rs 29,000 when I contested my first Assembly poll in 1980. But had to spend Rs eight crore for my last (2009 Lok Sabha) election," Munde, BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, said at a book release function on Thursday in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari.

"I hope no Election Commission official is present among the audience. Even if an Election Commission authority is present six more months are to go for the Lok Sabha polls. Even if a case is filed, so be it," he said.

Reacting to the BJP leader's remarks, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil demanded that the poll panel take note of it and decide whether such candidates should be allowed to contest in future.

"The EC should take the statement seriously. The poll panel should also decide on whether to allow such candidates to contest elections again," the NCP leader said.


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