Regional Parties Donations: The Aam Aadmi Party and the Indian Union Muslim League have reported a reduction in donations compared to the financial year 2019-20.

Out of the total donation received by regional parties in the country, Rs 113.791 crore i.e. about 91 percent of the donation has gone to only five parties. This information has been given by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an organization related to election rights. A report prepared by ADR focused on donations announced by regional parties to the Election Commission of India (ECI). This report is for the 2020-21 financial year. The top five regional parties in terms of donations include Janata Dal (United), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

It has been said in the report that 91.38 percent of the total donation received by the regional parties i.e. Rs 113.791 crore has gone to the treasury of these five parties. Where JD(U), DMK and TRS have announced an increase in their donations. At the same time, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Indian Union Muslim League have given information about the reduction in donations compared to the financial year 2019-20.

The observed increase in the income of these parties

DMK, TRS, JD(U) and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) saw maximum percentage growth in their donation income between FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21. Of the 54 regional parties included in the report, only 6 submitted their donation reports to the Election Commission within the stipulated time period. Twenty-five other parties delayed their presentations ranging from three to 164 days. The total amount of donations announced by 27 regional parties was Rs 124.53 crore from 3051 donations. This includes both amounts above and below Rs 20,000.

JD(U) got the highest donation

No information has been given on receipt of donations by JMM, NDPP, DMDK and RLTP for the financial year 2020-21. In terms of donations, JD(U) topped the list with Rs 60.155 crore from 330 donations. It is followed by DMK, which has received Rs 33.993 crore from 177 donations. AAP announced to get Rs 11.328 crore from donations. IUML and TRS have announced donations of Rs 4.165 crore and Rs 4.15 crore respectively.

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