Bhopal: A former Samajwadi MLA contesting this year’s Lok Sabha elections as an Independent candidate from Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat constituency has asked the Election Commission to either give him monetary help or allow him to sell his kidney to fund his campaign.

Kishore Samrite has written to District Election Officer Deepak Arya and said, “The Election Commission of India has fixed the upper expenditure limit at Rs 75 lakh for Lok Sabha elections. I do not have so much money to contest the polls. I urge Election Commission to either provide me Rs 75 lakh or ask some bank to give me a loan. If not, then allow me to sell one of my kidneys.”

Speaking to ANI, Samrite said he wrote to the EC as he will not be able to collect the required funds by the time campaigning ends.

“Only 15 days are left for campaigning. I cannot collect so much money in such a short period. This is the reason why I have urged the poll body to give me Rs 75 lakh. Candidates contesting against me are all corrupt. They have extorted money from the locals. I want to develop this region and uplift the poor in the society,” he added.

Samrite had earlier represented the Lanji Lok Sabha constituency seat in Balaghat district as an SP candidate.

Madhya Pradesh goes to polls in four of the seven phases — on April 29, May 6, 12 and 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.