AAP seeks report on donations to BJP, Congress

AAP seeks report on donations to BJP, Congress”

Total income of the 7 National Parties for FY 2015-16 was Rs 1033.18 crores, collected from all over India. Going by ADR report, the Bharatiya Janata Party received Rs 461 crore as donations, accounting for almost 81 per cent of its total income, while the Congress received Rs 186 crore or 71 per cent of its total income, from "unknown sources" in 2015-16 , As Reported By Tribune.

Indian National Congress was ranked at second position with a total income of Rs 261.56 crores. This includes donations though the sale of coupons, miscellaneous income, voluntary contributions, relief funds and contribution from meetings or marches, according to the report. For Congress, the figure was Rs 168 crores or 26% of its total income.

The list of the total income of the national parties has been made from the income earned from various sources pan India, as submitted in their Income Tax returns copies. AITC declared Rs 34.578 crore and spent Rs 13.35 crore of the total income. While CPM has declared the highest income with Rs 107.48 crore in 2015-16, CPI declared the least income of Rs Rs 2.176 crore. A total of Rs 459.56 crore was collected under "Voluntary Contributions" by which formed 80.5% of the total income from unknown sources of BJP.

According to the analysis for 2015-16, 23 percent of BJP's total income remained unspent whereas it was 26 percent in the case of the Congress.

AAP seeks report on donations to BJP, Congress

ADR also mentioned that compared that BJP's income during financial year 2014-15 was highest among all the National Parties. The party had declared a total income of Rs 970.43 crore and its income decreased by 41.17% to Rs 570.86 crore during 2015-16.

While voluntary contributions was the most preferred form of fundraising for the BJP, "sale of coupons" was the most preferred form of fundraising for Congress party, the report said. The party's total income was Rs 9.14 crore but it incurred a total expenditure of Rs 10.84 crore. In 2015-16, the BJP and the Congress received Rs 33.23 crore and Rs 55.10 crore, respectively, by way of "other known income".

"The BJP declared a total income from donations above Rs 20,000 of Rs 76.85 crore, a mere 14.33 percent of total donations, from donors whose details are available", the report said.

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