Donations above ₹20,000 received by national political parties amounted to ₹102.02 crore in 2015-16, with the BJP accounting for ₹76.85 crore, thrice the aggregate of five other political parties, the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) has said.

However, the total donations of these parties plunged 84 percent by ₹528.67 crore in 2015-16, from 2014-15, the year when the Lok Sabha elections were held.

The corporate and business sector was the highest donor to political parties, contributing ₹77.28 crore (75.75 percent). Of this, the BJP bagged ₹67.99 crore, followed by Congress (INC), ₹8.83 crore. Individual donors gave ₹23.41 crore (22.95 percent) of the total donations in 2015-16.

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.


(Source: Business Line)

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