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Day after the Narenadra Modi  claimed that there are enough provisions under the current law to track donations above Rs 20,000 made to political parties, a report released by Association for Democratic Reforms highlighted facts contrary to what government claimed. ADR report released on Tuesday studied the political donations for the fiscal 2015-16.  

For 2015-16, the national parties have declared 1744  donations above Rs 20,000, totalling Rs 102.02 crore.

The report cites examples where the political parties have not mentioned cheque /demand draft numbers of donations above Rs 20,000. In many cases PAN details of  donors have not been mentioned.  While in many cases the mode of donation is not given.  "Such blatant disregard for rules by the political parties should be curbed and donations with incomplete details should not be entitled to the benefit of 100% tax exemptions of the defaulting parties," the ADR report said. 

According to the ADR report, the total donations that national parties got during  2015-16 decreased by Rs 528.67 crore, a decrease of 84% over 2014-15. NCP declared the highest fall of 98%, from Rs 38.82 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 71 lakh in 2015-16. Donations to BJP decreased from Rs 437.35 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 76.85 crore during 2015-16, a decrease of 82%. "It is to be noted that BJP's donations had increased by 156% between 2013-14 and 2014-15 while that of Congress had increased by 137% during the same period," the report said. 

Like in the last 10 years, BSP said that it had not received any donation above Rs 20,000. 

The report covered national parties including Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC).

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