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BJP received electoral donations of approximately Rs 720 crore in 2022-23. This figure is five times more than the total election donations received by four other national parties – Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI-M and National People’s Party. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an organization working for electoral and political reforms, has presented the above figures in one of its reports. Let us know 10 interesting facts of this report…

1. According to ADR, national parties received a total of 12,167 donations (above Rs 20,000) worth Rs 850.438 crore in the financial year 2022-23.

2. The country’s sixth national party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), announced that it did not receive any donation above Rs 20,000 during the financial year 2022-23.

3. It is mandatory for a political party registered with the Election Commission to disclose electoral donations of more than Rs 20,000 received by it in a financial year.

4. BJP said that it received Rs 719.858 crore from 7,945 donations. According to Congress, it received Rs 79.924 crore from 894 donations.

5. The election donations declared by BJP are five times more than the total donations declared by Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, National People’s Party (NPP) and CPIM for the same period (FY 2022-23). Let us tell you here that NPP is the only political party in the North-East which has the status of a national party.

6. ADR has also said in its report that national parties received a total of Rs 276.202 crore donations from Delhi, followed by Rs 160.509 crore from Gujarat and Rs 96.273 crore from Maharashtra.

7. The total donation of national parties increased by Rs 91.701 crore during the financial year 2022-23, which is 12.09 percent more than the previous financial year 2021-22.

8. According to ADR, BJP had received election donations of Rs 614.626 crore during the financial year 2021-22, which increased to Rs 719.858 crore during the financial year 2022-23. Thus, this time it received 17.12 percent more donations than last time.

9. However, there was a decrease of 41.49 percent in the party’s donations during the financial year 2020-21 compared to the financial year 2019-20. Donations received by Congress declined from Rs 95.459 crore during FY 2021-22 to Rs 79.924 crore during FY 2022-23 – a decline of 16.27 percent.

10. According to ADR, there was an increase of 28.09 percent in the electoral donations of Congress between the financial year 2020-21 and the financial year 2021-22. According to ADR, compared to the last financial year, this time the election donations received by CPI (M) have decreased by 39.56 percent (Rs 3.978 crore) and the donations received by Aam Aadmi Party by 2.99 percent (Rs 1.143 crore).

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