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Total donations of National Parties during 2018-19 increased by Rs 481.77 cr, an increase of almost 103% from 2017-18

This report was prepared by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), focuses on donations received by the National Political Parties, above Rs 20,000, during the Financial Year 2018-19, as submitted by the parties to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

A total of Rs 742.15 cr was declared by BJP from 4483 donations while INC declared receiving Rs 148.58 cr from 605 donations. The donations declared by BJP is more than three times the aggregate declared by INC, NCP, CPI, CPM and AITC for the same period.

BSP declared that the party did not receive any donations above Rs 20,000 during 2018-19, as it has been declaring for the past 13 years.

Donations to BJP increased from Rs 437.04 cr during 2017-18 to Rs 742.15 cr during 2018-19 (70% increase). Party’s donations decreased by 18% during 2017-18 in comparison to FY 2016-17.

INC donations increased from Rs 26.658 cr during 2017-18 to Rs 148.58 cr during 2018-19 (457% increase). While INC’s donations decreased by 36% between 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Donations to BJP increased from Rs 437.04 cr during 2017-18 to Rs 742.15 cr during 2018-19 (70% increase). Party’s donations decreased by 18% during 2017-18 in comparison to 2016-17.

INC donations increased from Rs 26.658 cr during 2017-18 to Rs 148.58 cr during 2018-19 (457% increase). While INC’s donations decreased by 36% between 2016-17 and 2017-18.

A total of Rs 548.22 cr was donated to the National Parties from Maharashtra, followed by Rs 141.42 cr from Delhi and Rs 55.31 cr from Gujarat. A total of Rs 65.84 cr, (6.92% of total donations received by the National parties, 2018-19), could not be attributed to any State/ Union Territory due to incomplete information provided by the parties.

1776 donations to the National Parties were made by corporate/business sectors amounting to Rs 876.11 cr (92.06% of total donations) while 3509 individual donors donated Rs 71.407 cr (7.50% of total donations) to the parties during 2018-19.

1575 donations from corporate/business sectors were made to BJP (Rs 698.092 cr) while 2741 individual donors donated Rs 41.70 cr to the party during 2018-19.

INC received a total of Rs 122.5 cr via 122 donations from corporate/business sectors and Rs 25.39 cr via 482 individual donors during 2018-19.

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