Election Donations: Political parties in India receive donations of hundreds of crores of rupees every year. It is generally seen that the party that is in power in the center receives the most donations. Now, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has published its report on the matter. In which it has been said that in 2021-22, BJP received Rs 351.50 crore i.e. 72.17 per cent of the total donations given to political parties through Electoral Trust. While the main opposition Congress received fewer donations than Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Samajwadi Party (SP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and YSR Congress.
BJP receives 19 times more donations than Congress
Explain that ‘Electoral Trust’ is a non-profit organization formed in India to donate to political parties from natural and legal persons. Its purpose is to improve transparency in the use of money for election-related expenses. ADR data shows that the BJP has received nineteen times as many donations as Congress in 2021-22 from the Election Trust. The total donation to the BJP was 2.5 times higher than the donations received by the other nine parties.
According to ADR, Congress got Rs 18.44 crore from the Election Trust, while TRS got Rs 40 crore, SP Rs 27 crore, AAP Rs 21.12 crore and YSR Congress Rs 20 crore. . It has been said in the report that Akali Dal got Rs 7 crore, Punjab Lok Congress Party got Rs 1 crore, Goa Forward Party and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) got Rs 50 lakh each.
Who donated how much?
ADR said that of the donations received by the Election Trust during the fiscal year 2021-22, it received a total of Rs 487.09 crore from corporate houses and individuals and a total of Rs 487.06 crore (99.99 percent) has been distributed among various political parties. 89 corporate/business houses contributed Rs 475.80 crore to the Election Trust in FY 2021-22, out of which 62 contributed Rs 456.30 crore to the Prudent Electoral Trust, two companies contributed Rs 10.00 crore rupees to the AB General Election Trust, three companies contributed Rs 5 crore to the Samaj Election Trust and 15 companies contributed Rs 2.20 crore to the Independent Election Trust.
ADR said that in FY 2021-22, a total of 40 people contributed to the Election Trust, out of which 13 contributed Rs 8.53 crore to the Prudent Election Trust, 15 people contributed Rs 2.61 crore to the Trust Independent Election Trust And 12 people gave a total of Rs 14.34 lakh to the Small Donations Election Trust.
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