NEW DELHI: Contributions to BJP in excess of Rs 20,000 rose by 28.7% to Rs 614.5 crore in 2021-22 from Rs 477.5 crore in 2020-21. Also, BJP cornered almost 79% share in overall donations by individuals, corporates and electoral trusts to the national parties (minus CPI, for which figures are not yet available) during the last fiscal, with Congress managing just about 12% share in the pie.
The donations declared by seven parties - BJP, Congress, NCP, Trinamool Congress, BSP, CPM and National People's Party - in their latest contribution reports submitted to the Election Commission, add up to Rs 778.7 crore. This figure, however, leaves out CPI as the EC is yet to upload the party's 2021-22 contribution report on its website. In 2020-21, total contributions received by all the eight national parties, stood at Rs 592 crore.
There was an over 41% decline in total donations to national parties in 2020-21 (Rs 592 crore) as compared to 2019-20 (Rs 1,015 crore). However, there has been a small rise between 2020-21 and 2021-22, even without counting CPI.
Of the Rs 614.5 crore donations declared by BJP in its contribution report for 2021-22, over 56% came from two electoral trusts.
Prudent Electoral Trust
- with Bharti Airtel group, Arcelor Mittal group, GMR group, DLF, Torrent Power and Serum Institute being the major donors - disbursed Rs 336.5 crore to the party in office at the Centre, up from Rs 209 crore in 2020-21. Donations worth Rs 10 crore to BJP were routed through the
A B General Electoral Trust
Congress saw an increase of over 28% - almost on par with BJP - in contributions received, which grew to nearly Rs 95.5 crore in 2021-22 from 74.5 crore in 2020-21. While Rs 20,000-plus contributions to NCP led by Sharad Pawar rose by 120% to Rs 57.9 crore in 2021-22 from Rs 26.2 crore in 2020-21, Trinamool Congress kitty grew by a mere 1% to Rs 43 lakh from Rs 42.5 lakh over the same period.