A report by the Association for Democratic Reforms on political funding through electoral bonds for the past five years shows BJP garnering 94% of the total contribution in Gujarat.

According to the report, all parties combined received Rs 174 crore in donations from March 2018 to October 2022, of which BJP's share was Rs 163 crore. Congress trailed the saffron party with Rs 10.5 crore and AAP with Rs 32 lakh. Other parties got Rs 20 lakh.

In all, of 1,571 donations, BJP got 1,519. Nationally, BJP received 65%, or two-thirds of all electoral bonds purchased since 2017-18.

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) received a response to an RTI query from SBI's Gandhinagar branch, which said 595 bonds worth Rs 343 crore had been purchased. The highest number of electoral bonds - 137 of them worth Rs 87.5 crore - had been purchased in April 2019, the report states.

The most common denomination of these bonds was Rs 1 crore, followed by Rs 10 lakh.

"Of the total corporate donations (Rs 4,014.58 cr) received by political parties in the five-year period, 4% or Rs 174 crore, came from Gujarat," the report says, adding that Rs 74.3 crore came from an entity called Prudent Electoral Trust. Six Gujarat-based companies made donations through this trust.

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