BJP has topped the list of political parties receiving donations from unknown sources between 2013 and 2015, data from the Association for Democratic Reforms has revealed.
Section 29C of the Representation of People Act, 1951, mandates that all donations made to political parties by any individual or company in excess of ₹20,000 should be reported to the Election Commission (EC), along with the name of the person, the company and its address.
However, parties need not disclose the identity of contributors giving less than ₹20,000, making the sources of such funding unknown.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tops the list of parties receiving donations from such sources, according to a video produced by data-journalism portal Factly.in, based on data from the Association for Democratic Reforms.
Between 2013 and 2015, the party received an income of ₹977 crore from unknown sources.
Ranking second in the list, the Congress reported an income of ₹969 crore in the same period.
At a distant third and fourth place were the BSP with just over ₹141 crore, and the CPI (M) with just over ₹120 crore.
As one Deccan Chronicle report points out, such donations from unknown sources are a substantial part of most parties’ income. “A whopping ₹1,130 crore (income specified in the I-T returns whose sources are unkown) is about 60 per cent of the total income of parties,” the newspaper reported, based on data from 2014-2015.