The Times of India
Madan Kumar

JD(U) of CM Nitish Kumar received total Rs 60.15 crore, the highest donation among the country’s 54 regional parties, in the financial year 2020-21, followed by DMK (Rs 33.99 crore) and AAP (Rs 11.32 crore), the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in its report. 

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) declared total donations of Rs 4.16 crore and Rs 4.15 crore, respectively. 

Around 91% (Rs113 crore) of the total donations to regional parties were received by the five.

The ADR report is based on the donations declared by regional political parties during the financial year 2020-21 to the Election Commission (EC). Under Section 29C (1) of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, political parties are required to prepare a report providing details of contributions in excess of Rs 20,000 from any person in a particular financial year to avail 100% tax exemption. The report revealed that the total amount declared by 27 regional parties analysed was from 3,051 donations.

The report also revealed that altogether 207 donations from corporate/business sectors amounting to Rs 95.45 crore were made to the regional parties, while 2,569 individual donors donated Rs 25.57 crore to the parties during FY 2020-21.

With the maximum number of donations during FY 2020-21, JD(U) declared 58 donations from corporate/business sectors amounting to Rs 59.24 crore while 272 individual donors donated Rs 90.60 lakh to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s party.

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