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According to election rights body Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), about 91 per cent or Rs 113.79 crore of the total donations received to regional political parties in the country has been given to five parties. The report prepared by ADR focuses on donations announced by regional parties to the Election Commission of India during the financial year 2020-21. The top five regional parties in terms of declared donations are Janata Dal (United), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

113.791 crore donation in the name of five parties

It has been said in the report that 91.38 percent of the total donations received by the regional parties i.e. Rs 113.79 crore has gone to the treasury of these five parties. While JD(U), DMK and TRS have announced increase in their donations, AAP and IUML have reported decrease in donations as compared to FY 2019-20. DMK, TRS, JD(U) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) saw maximum increase in their income from donations between FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21. Of the 54 regional parties included in the report, only six submitted their donation reports to the ECI within the stipulated time period. 25 other parties increased their presentation from three days to 164 days.

The total amount of donations declared by the 27 regional parties, both above and below Rs 20,000, was Rs 124.53 crore out of a total of 3051 donations. No donation was announced by JMM, NDPP, DMDK and RLTP for the financial year 2020-21. In terms of donations received, JD(U) topped with Rs 60.155 crore from 330 donations. After this, DMK has received Rs 33.993 crore from 177 donations. AAP announced receiving Rs 11.328 crore. IUML and TRS have announced donations of Rs 4.165 crore and Rs 4.15 crore respectively.

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