Ahmedabad Mirror
Ahmedabad Mirror

The BJP received 675 donations amounting to crores of rupees from companies and individuals in Gujarat, while Congress got only 14 donations. NCP received five donations. All these payments are either through cheque or online. Maximum amount was given to BJP.
Recognised national parties that received donations during financial year 2020-21 decreased by over Rs 420 crore, a sharp fall of 41.49 per cent from the previous fiscal, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in a statement
The highest donation was from Nirma to BJP. The company gave Rs 10 crore to the party, while it gave Rs 60 lakh to Congress. A Surat-based company Enviro Control Associates Pvt Ltd donated Rs 5 crore to the BJP, while Rajkamal builders gave Rs 50 lakh. The smallest amount given to BJP was Rs 21,000 from an individual in Rajkot. While Vishal fabrics from Ahmedabad gave Rs 2 crore, Durga Infra Mining P Ltd Rs 1.5 crore, Unique construction from Surat gave Rs 1 crore.
Individuals donated as per their might. Ahmedabad-based Ajitbhai Ramanlal Shah gave Rs 3 crore, while 20 individuals from Vallabh Vidyanagar donated Rs 49,000 each.
The fall in donations could apparently be due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which had triggered a lockdown. The first wave of Covid started around the end of March 2020, just before the start of the financial year, triggering a nationwide lockdown.
Donations to the BJP decreased from Rs 785.77 crore during FY 2019-20 to Rs 477.54 crore during FY 2020-21 – a fall of 39.23 per cent. The party’s donations had increased by 5.88 per cent during FY 2019-20 in comparison to FY 2018-19,.
The donations received by Congress plunged from Rs 139.016 crore during FY 2019-20 to Rs 74.524 crore during FY 2020-21 – a reduction of 46.39 per cent. Its donations had decreased by 6.44 per cent between FY 2018-19 and FY 2019-20, the statement said. A total of over Rs 246 crore was donated to the national parties from Delhi, followed by Rs 71.68 crore from Maharashtra and over Rs 47 crore from Gujarat.
Donations totalling Rs 37.912 crore (6.39 per cent of the aggregate received by the national parties in FY 2020-21) could not be attributed to any state or union territory due to incomplete or undeclared information provided by the parties, it said.
BJP, BSP, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, TMC, NCP and National People’s Party are the eight recognised national parties.
The corporate and the business sector made 1,398 donations to the national parties amounting to Rs 480.655 crore – over  80 per cent of the total donations – while 2,258 individual donors contributed Rs 111.65 crore or 18.804 per cent of the total to these parties during FY 2020-21.
Over 1,100 donations from corporate and business sectors were made to the BJP (Rs 416.794 crore), while 1,071 individual donors gave Rs 60.37 crore to the party during FY 2020-21.
Congress received a total of Rs 35.89 crore through 146 donations from the corporate sector and Rs 38.634 crore via 931 individual donors during FY 2020-21.
BSP declared that it did not receive any donations above Rs 20,000 during FY 2020-21, as it has been declaring for the past 15 years.
The ADR said the due date for submission of contribution reports by the parties was September 30, 2021. Only BSP submitted its contribution report on time while NCP, TMC, CPI-M, NPP, Congress, BJP and CPI submitted theirs after a delay of 10,  117, 136, 137, 161, 164 and 178 days, respectively.

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