In a shocking revelation, a report by Association for Democratic Reforms has said that 88% of over Rs 20,000 donations received by the BJP were from unknown sources. BJP’s total income from unknown sources, including voluntary contributions, miscellaneous income, was Rs. 464.94 crore during 2016-17, while that of Congress’ total income from unknown sources stood at Rs. 126.124 crore, reported PTI quoting ADR report.
The adr report also said that the income of seven national parties from “unknown sources” during 2016-17 stood at Rs. 710.80 crore, while total donations (above Rs. 20,000) declared by them was Rs. 589.38 crore, with BJP receiving Rs. 532.27 crore from 1,194 entities.
The national parties included the BJP, Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC).
The report also said that the BJP remained the most preferred party of choice for the Indian donors, receiving more than nine times the donations declared by the combined donations of Congress, NCP, CPI, CPM and AITC in the same period. Donations to the BJP saw an almost 600% jump over the previous year, increasing from Rs 6.85 crore during 2015-16 to ₹532.27 crore during 2016-17,.
“The total donations (above Rs. 20,000) declared by the national parties was Rs. 589.38 crore, from 2,123 donations. A total of Rs. 532.27 crore was declared by BJP from 1,194 donations while INC declared receiving Rs. 41.90 crore from 599 donations,” the ADR report said.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) declared that it did not receive any donations above Rs. 20,000 during 2016-17, as it has been declaring for the past 11 years.
Total donations of national parties during 2016-17 increased by Rs. 487.36 crore from Rs. 102.02 crore during the previous financial year 2015-16, the report jointly prepared by ADR and National Election Watch (NEW) said.
Donations to BJP increased from Rs. 76.85 crore during 2015-16 to Rs. 532.27 crore in 2016-17, while that of NCP increased from Rs. 71 lakh in 2015-16 to Rs. 6.34 crore in 2016-17, the Delhi-based think-tank said.
Also, donations to Trinamool Congress increased by 231 per cent, CPM and Congress have declared an increase of 190 per cent and 105 per cent, respectively, as per their donation reports for 2015-16 and 2016-17, while that of CPI decreased by 9 per cent, it said.
The total income of national parties for 2016-17 was Rs. 1,559.17 crore. Total income of national parties from known donors (details of donors as available from contribution report submitted by the parties to Election Commission) was Rs. 589.38 crore, which is 37.8 per cent of the total income of the seven national parties in 2016-17, the report said.
Among the top donors to political parties is the Satya Electoral Trust which donated Rs 251.22 crore to BJP (94.76 per cent of total funds received by the party) and Rs 13.90 crore to the Congress (5.24 per cent of total funds received by the party).
NCP received Rs 2 crore from BG Shirke Construction Technology Pvt. Ltd. and Rs 1.10 crore from AN Enterprises Infra Services Pvt. Ltd.
Total income of the parties from other known sources (sale of assets, membership fees, bank interest, sale of publications and party levy) was Rs. 258.99 crore, or 16.61 per cent of the total income.