The Hans India
New Delhi

The total donations to national parties during the financial year 2021-22 rose by Rs 187.03 crore or 31.50 per cent from the previous fiscal, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.

The total donations (above Rs 20,000) declared by the national parties for 2021-22 was Rs 780.774 crore from 7,141 donations, it said. The BJP received Rs 614 crore as donations in 2021-22, while the Congress got Rs 95 crore, according to poll reform body ADR. "A total of Rs 614.63 crore from 4,957 donations was declared by the BJP, followed by Rs 95.46 crore from 1,255 donations declared by Congress. The donations declared by the BJP are more than three times the aggregate declared by the Congress, NCP, CPI, CPI(M), NPEP and AITC for the same period," the ADR claimed.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) declared that it did not receive any donation above Rs 20,000 during 2021-22 as it has been declaring for the past 16 years, the ADR claimed. The total donations of the national parties during 2021-22 rose by Rs 187.03 crore, an increase of 31.50 per cent from 2020-21.

Donations to the BJP rose from Rs 477.55 in 2020-21 crore to Rs 614.63 crore 2021-22, up 28.71 per cent, in a year, it claimed, adding that the party's donations had decreased by 41.49 per cent during FY 2020-21 in comparison to FY 2019-20.

The Congress' donations increased from Rs 74.52 crore during FY 2020-21 to Rs 95.46 crore during FY 2021-22 (28.09 per cent increase). It said Congress donations had decreased by 46.39 per cent between FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21. In comparison to the previous financial year, the decrease in donations declared by CPI(M) was 22.06 per cent (Rs 2.85 crore), and by the National People's Party was 40.50 per cent (Rs 24.10 lakhs), it said.

The segregation of donations according to state was made by ADR based on the addresses provided by the parties in their donations report to the Election Commission. A total of Rs 395.85 crore was donated to national parties from Delhi, followed by Rs 105.3523 crore from Maharashtra and Rs 44.96 crore from Gujarat, it stated. A total of Rs 12.26 crore (1.57 per cent of total donations received by national parties in FY 2021-22) could not be attributed to any state/Union Territory due to incomplete/undeclared information provided by the parties, it said.

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