The Association for Democratic Reforms has released its latest report. According to the report, about 91% of the total donations received by regional parties in the country went to the account of only five regional parties. This amount is around 113,791 crores. In Bihar, the ruling JDU got the maximum donations.

These parties received donations

This latest report prepared by ADR focuses on the donations announced by regional parties to the Election Commission of India in the financial year 2020-21. The top five regional parties in terms of reported donations are Janata Dal United, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Aam Aadmi Party, Indian Union Muslim League and Telangana Rashtra Samithi.

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According to the report, the total donations received by regional parties of Rs 113,791 crore went to the treasury of only five parties. JD(U), DMK and TRS reported increased donations, while AAP and IUML reported reduced donations from fiscal 2019-20. DMK, TRS, JD(U) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) saw maximum percentage growth in donation revenue between fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Only six out of 54 parties provided ownership information

Of the 54 regional parties included in the report of the Association for Democratic Reforms, only six submitted their donation reports to the Electoral Commission on time. Twenty-five other parties delayed their submissions ranging from three to 164 days. The total amount of donations announced by 27 regional parties was Rs 124.53 crore out of 3,051 donations. This includes amounts above and below Rs 20,000. No information was given on the donations received by JMM, NDPP, DMDK and RLTP for the financial year 2020-21.

Most donations to JDU

According to the report, in terms of donations received, JD(U) topped Rs 60,155 crore out of 330 donations, followed by DMK which got Rs 33,993 crore out of 177 donations. AAP announced to receive Rs 11,328 crore in donations. IUML and TRS announced donations of Rs 4,165 crore and Rs 4.15 crore respectively.

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