The Times Of India
New Delhi

DMK, which is in office in Tamil Nadu, topped both the income and expenditure lists of 31 regional parties for the financial year 2020-21, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) released on Friday.

The Stalin-led party's income was Rs 150 crore while its expenditure was Rs218 crore. DMK also reported the highest increase in its income at Rs 85 crore followed by JD(U) and YSRC in FY21 from FY20.

The total income of the 31 regional parties for FY21 was Rs 529 crore. DMK bagged the highest's share at 28% of the total income of all the parties analysed, followed by YSRC (Rs 108 crore or 20%) and BJD (Rs 73 crore or 13%).

Five regional parties also declared that they have received donations of Rs 250.60 crore through electoral bonds in 2020-21, according to ADR.

The five parties that incurred the highest expenditures that year are DMK (Rs 218.49 crore), TDP (Rs 54.769 crore), AIADMK (Rs 42.37 crore), JDU (Rs 24.35 crore) and TRS (Rs 22.35 crore), it said. The total income of the top five parties amounted to Rs 434.255 crore, which was 82% of the total income of the parties analysed, collectively, the report said.

YSRC leads the list in maximum amount unspent (99%) of its total income, followed by BJD (90%) and AIMIM (88%). TDP has declared spending Rs 51 crore while TRS spent Rs 22 cr.

As per the data shared by SBI in response to ADR's RTI application, electoral bonds worth Rs 1,019 cr were redeemed by parties in FY 2020-21.

Under voluntary contributions, the parties collected Rs 250.60 crore or 47% of their income from donations through electoral bonds, while other donations and contributions amounted to Rs 126.265 crore or 23.85 per cent for FY 2020-21, it said.

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