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National political parties see a sharp drop of 84 per cent in donations in 2015-16

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As per the latest report by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), donations above ₹20,000 received by national political parties amounted to ₹102.02 crore in 2015-16, with the ruling party in Centre receiving around ₹76.85 crore – thrice the total of 5 other political parties.

However, the overall donations of these parties plunged 84 per cent by ₹528.67 crore in 2015-16, from 2014-15. This was the time when the Lok Sabha elections were held.

Among the main donor to political parties includes the corporate and business sector that contributed ₹77.28 crore (75.75 per cent). Of this, while the BJP received the major chunk of ₹67.99 crore, Congress (INC) received ₹8.83 crore.

A sum of ₹23.41 crore (22.95 per cent) was donated by individual donors of the total donations in 2015-16. ADR is a non-profit election watchdog. It evaluates the donations report submitted by political parties to the Election Commission every year.

“The donations declared by the BJP are more than thrice the aggregate declared by the INC, NCP, CPI, CPM and AITC for the same period,” it said.

However, there was a sharp drop in donations following the Lok Sabha polls in 2014-15. The sharpest decline of 98 per cent was seen by the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, from ₹38.82 crore in 2014-15 to ₹ 71 lakh in 2015-16.

Apart from that donations to the BJP also reduced from ₹437.35 crore during 2014-15 to ₹76.85 crore in 2015-16 (by 82 per cent).

“It is to be noted that BJP’s donations had increased 156 per cent between 2013-14 and 2014-15, while that of INC had increased 137 per cent during the same period,” added ADR.

Cash donations was accounted for ₹1.45 crore of the total ₹102.02 crore. Of which the BJP declared only ₹51,000 from Bihar. The maximum cash donations of ₹1.17 crore was declared by the Congress party, followed by the Communist Party of India with ₹22.22 lakh.