The elections are estimated to cost Rs 500 billion ($7 billion)
"The jump is expected from social media, travel & advertising expenses"
Last year, the Election Commission had seized more than 1.3 billion rupees of unaccounted cash, gold etc during an election in Karnataka
To attract a crowd, politicians may offer food-filled boxes that can be expensive for average citizens
Over 26 billion rupees will be spent on advertising in the upcoming elections, according to Zenith India, a firm that arranges for slots on TV and in newspapers
The elections will start on April 11 and continue till May 19, 2019. The counting will be held on May 23, 2019