BJP Bags Rs 437 Cr Out of Rs 470 Cr of Total Donations Above Rs 20,000 to All National Parties: ADR Report
BJP's share is 12 times the combined amount received by all other national parties.
According to a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) that focuses on donations above Rs 20,000 received by national political parties in the financial year 2017-18, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has received 93 per cent of the total amount of donations.
The total donations (above Rs 20,000) declared by the National Parties was Rs. 469.89 crore, from 4201 donations. Out of this, Rs 437.04 crore was declared as received by the BJP from 2977 donations. This amount is 12 times the combined amount received by all other national parties — Indian National Congress(INC), National Congress Party (NCP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) — in the same period.
INC declared receiving Rs 26.658 crore from 777 donations. For the 13th year in a row, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) declared it did not receive any donations above Rs 20,000.
The report also notes incomplete disclosure of information by the parties. “Of the 7 National Parties, 4 parties, BJP, INC, CPI and CPM had not declared PAN details of 219 donations through which the parties collected a total of Rs 4.95 cr.”
The BJP did not provide PAN details of donors for 119 donations that brought in an amount of Rs 4.01 crore. “26 donations to INC (Rs 16.40 lakh) and 4 donations from CPM (Rs 2.30 lakhs) do not have PAN details,” the report adds.
ADR recommended that full details of all donors should be brought under the purview of the RTI act, as implemented in countries such as Bhutan, Nepal, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Bulgaria, the US and Japan. Regarding details of some donations being left out by parties, the report notes, “The Supreme Court gave a judgment on September 13, 2013 declaring that no part of a candidate’s affidavit should be left blank. Similarly, no part of the Form 24A submitted by political parties providing details of donations above Rs 20,000 should be blank.” The report also suggests that political parties must be made to disclose their finances under the RTI act.