The erstwhile Basavaraj Bommai government in Karnataka had spent Rs 44.42 crore on advertisements in print and electronic media in the four months leading up to the Assembly elections.
This was revealed by the state’s Department of Information and Public Relations in response to a Right to Information application filed by a RTI activist named Rajesh Krishnaprasad, the Hindu reported.
The amount was spent between December 1 to March 29. The response also shows that the government spent ₹27.46 crore on print media and ₹16.96 crore on electronic media for publicising their schemes, works.
The BJP lost the elections securing 66 seats, while the Congress won 135.
The RTI activist also asked for a break-up of the spendings on media houses, but it was not shared by the information officer.