Corporate Houses in India have donated close to Rs.1,000 Crores to the national parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16, the major chunk of which has gone to the BJP.
The ruling party has received the maximum donations of Rs 705.81 crore from 2,987 corporate donors followed by the Indian National Congress(INC) which received Rs 198.16 crore from 167 corporate donors. The figures were mentioned in the report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) which gave these figures that were filed by the respective parties to the Election Commission.
The Nationalist Congress Party received Rs 50.73 crore whereas the Communist Party of India-Marxist has received donations of Rs 1.89 crore followed by CPI at Rs 0.18 crore. Interestingly, Bahujan Samaj Party was not considered for analysis in the report as the party has declared that it received no voluntary contributions above Rs 20,000 from any donor between 2012-13 and 2015-16.
‘Despite not donating during 2012-13, Satya Electoral Trust was the top donor to three of the national parties, between 2012-13 and 2015-16. The Trust donated a total of 35 number of times in 3 years, amounting to Rs 260.87 crore,’ ADR said. The BJP declared receiving Rs 193.62 crore. Congress received Rs 57.25 crore of funds from the Trust.
Communist parties received funds from Associations and Unions.
The BJP received the highest donations from all 14 sectors including real estate, mining, construction, exports/imports, chemicals/pharmaceuticals and out of 1,933 donations which never had any PAN number mentioned on the form, donations to BJP contributed to 99% as per the report amounting to Rs.159.59 crores.