The Times of India

BHOPAL: Congress that remained in power in Madhya Pradesh for a long time and for last decade is main opposition party have failed to get any donation during 2012-13. In contrast, BJP and Communist Party of India (CPI) are only two political outfits from state that have received donations according to a report released by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and MP Election Watch (MPEW).

Like Congress NCP, CPM, SP, SHS, IUML and JDS also received no donations from Madhya Pradesh.

ADR report states Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Uma Bharati were among donors who donated Rs 1 lakh each to BJP. Tomar however did not divulge his PAN card details.

Analysis of income, expenditure and donations received by major political parties of Madhya Pradesh (FY 2012-13) was done by ADR which claimed that Congress which raised Rs 11.72 crores nationally from 703 donors found no takers for it in MP.

Besides Union ministers Tomar and Bharati, Gopal Bhargava and Surendra Patwa ministers in Shivraj Singh Chouhan's cabinet were among donors who donated Rs one lakh each to the party.

Report stated political parties received a sum of Rs 29.47 lakh from donors in MP of which BJP received Rs 29.17 lakh from 31 donors and CPI received Rs 30,000 from a donor.

Nationally BJP raised Rs 83.19 crore from 2,941 donors while CPI and CPM raised Rs 37 lakh from 23 donors and Rs 3.81 crore from 108 donors respectively.

Individual donations formed bulk of donations received by political parties. 96% (Rs 27.92 lakh) of BJP's donations from MP were from individual donations while 100% of CPI's donations (Rs. 30,000) were from individuals.

Nine out of 32 donors (28%) from MP who donated Rs 8.30 lakh to political parties have not revealed their PAN details. Eight of these donors donated Rs 8 lakh to the BJP, while one donor donated Rs 30,000 to CPI.

In 2012-13, the total income of key national parties stood at Rs. 991.20 crore, says an analysis of their IT returns filed with the Election Commission (EC) by ADR. Expenditure of these parties in the same year stood at Rs 648.7 crore. These national parties include Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist), according to ADR.

Lion's share of declared income belongs to the two top political parties. Congress had the highest total income of Rs 425.69 crore, followed by BJP with Rs 324.16 crore. BSP declared an income of Rs. 87.63 crore followed by NCP with Rs 26.56 crore, CPI Rs 1.07 crore and CPI (M) Rs 126.09 crore for FY 2012-13.

Corporate and business donors top list of contributions with 72% to national parties, followed by individual donations at 17%. A significant 11% or Rs 11.14 crore was donated by those who cannot be traced by name or address, said ADR, which has demanded details of all donors, even to electoral trusts, should be available in the public domain.

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