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BJP Got ₹ 720 Crore Donation Last Year, Congress Got ₹ 80 Crore: Report

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the BJP got almost ₹720 crore in donations in 2022-23, more than five times the total amount received by the Congress, AAP, CPI-M, and National People’s Party combined.

In 2022-23, national parties reported a total of ₹ 850.438 crore from 12,167 donations (above ₹ 20,000), according to ADR statistics released on Wednesday.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the country’s sixth major party, reported no donations over ₹20,000 in the fiscal year 2022-23, as it has done for the preceding 17 years.

Registered political parties must report individual donations over ₹20,000 in a fiscal year.

As much as ₹ 719.858 crore from 7,945 donations was declared by the BJP followed by ₹ 79.924 crore from 894 donations by the Congress.

The donations declared by the BJP are more than five times the aggregate declared by the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party, the National People’s Party (NPP) and the CPI(M) for the same period.

The NPP is the only political party from the Northeast to have national party status.

The ADR also noted that a total of ₹ 276.202 crore was donated to the national parties from Delhi, followed by ₹ 160.509 crore from Gujarat and ₹ 96.273 crore from Maharashtra.

The total donations of the national parties during FY 2022-23 increased by ₹ 91.701 crore, an increase of 12.09 per cent from the previous financial year 2021-22.

Donations to the BJP increased from ₹ 614.626 crore during FY 2021-22 to ₹ 719.858 crore during FY 2022-23 — an increase of 17.12 per cent, the ADR said.

However, the party’s donations decreased by 41.49 per cent during FY 2020-21 in comparison to FY 2019-20, it said.

Congress’ donations decreased from ₹ 95.459 crore during FY 2021-22 to ₹ 79.924 crore during FY 2022-23 — a dip of 16.27 per cent. Its donations increased by 28.09 per cent between FY 2020-21 and FY 2021-22, according to the ADR.

In comparison to the previous financial year, the decrease in donations declared by CPI(M) was 39.56 per cent (Rs 3.978 crore), and for AAP by 2.99 per cent or ₹ 1.143 crore.

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Source: NDTV

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