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BJP Gets A Lion’s Share In Election Donations, Reveals ADR

The BJP received about 72 per cent of the total donations made by Electoral Trusts in FY 2021-2022. However, the Congress received much lesser than many regional parties

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The BJP surely got a lion's share from the donations made by the Electoral Trusts

The Bharatiya Janata Party has received Rs 351.50 crore which is a whopping 72.17 per cent of the total donations made by Electoral Trusts in 2021-22. However, the grand old party of India, Indian National Congress had received fewer donations, compared to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS - formerly known as TRS), Samajwadi Party (SP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu (YSR) Congress Party. These findings are as per the data released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Thursday. 

The data showed that Congress received Rs 18.44 crore, BRS Rs 40 crore, SP Rs 27 crore, AAP Rs 21.12 crore and YSR Congress got Rs 20 crore. While the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) received Rs 7 crore, the Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) Party received Rs 1 crore and the DMK got Rs 50 lakh. ADR also mentioned that the BJP received more than 2.5 times of total donations made when compared to the rest of the other nine parties. 

It may be mentioned here that Electoral Trusts is a non-profit organisation that enacts the procedure of receiving funds from corporate entities and individuals for registered political parties in India. It also tends to maintain transparency in the usage of funds related to election expenses.

The Electoral Trusts received funds from 89 corporate firms amounting to Rs 475.80 crore. Besides this, 40 individuals have also contributed to electoral trusts in FY21-22. The Trust has distributed Rs 487.06 crore (99.99 per cent) of the total donations received from businesses and individuals.

Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India contributed the highest amount of Rs 70 crore, followed by Arcelor Mittal Design and Engineering Centre at Rs 60 crore and Bharti Airtel at Rs 51 crore, the ADR report added.