BJP receives staggering high donations in 2017-18

Donations received by BJP above Rs 20,000 are more than 12 times the aggregate of other national parties together, reports ADR

GN Bureau | January 17, 2019


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Illustration: Ashish Asthana
Illustration: Ashish Asthana

The total donations (above Rs 20,000) declared by the national parties was Rs 469.89 crore, from 4,201 donations, revealed a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The report gives the details of donations received by seven national parties: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), 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) in the financial year 2017-18.

 
BJP has topped the list declaring donations which are 12 times more than the total donations received by other national parties.
 
Following are the major findings from the report:
 
- BJP collected a total of Rs 437.04 crores from 2,977 donations above Rs 20,000, while INC collected Rs 26.658 crores from 777 donations above Rs 20,000 in FY 2017-18.
 
- BSP stated that the party did not receive any donations above Rs 20,000 during FY 2017-18, as it has been declaring for the past 12 years.
 
- NCP received 42 donations above Rs 20,000 declaring a total amount of Rs. 2.087 crores while CPM collected Rs 2.756 crores from 196 donations and CPI received Rs 1.146 crores from 176 donations.
 

- The total number of donations received by national parties dropped by 20 percent or Rs 119.49 crore from the previous financial year, 2016-17. The total amount of donations received in the previous financial year was Rs 589.38 crore, from 2,123 donations.
 
- BJP’s total donations above Rs 20,000 decreased by 18 percent or Rs 95.23 crore from FY 2016-17 while INC’s donations dropped by 36 percent or Rs 15.25 crore from FY 2016-17.
 
- Maximum donations received by national parties were from Delhi (Rs 208.56 crore) followed by Maharashtra (Rs 71.93 crore) and Gujarat (Rs 44.02 crore)
 

- A total of 89 percent or 1,361 donations (Rs 422.04 crores) were made by corporate/business sector in FY 2017-18 out of which 1,207 donations (Rs 400.23 crore) were for the BJP while 53 donations (Rs 19.29 crores) were for the INC.
 
- A total of 10.03 percent or 2,772 individual donors (Rs 47.12 crores) were made in FY 2017-18 out of which 1,759 individual donors donations (Rs 36.71) were made for BJP and 724 individual donors donations (Rs 7.36 crores) were made for INC.
 
- The top two donations received by BJP were from Prudent Electoral Trust (Rs 154.30 crores) and Ab General Electoral Trust (Rs 12.50 crores), while the top two donations received by INC were from Prudent Electoral Trust (Rs 10 crores) and Candila Health Care Ltd (Rs 2 crores).

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