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Five national parties earned Rs 200 crore in 2015-16, says ADR report

In a recent report published by a Delhi-based organization, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), it has been revealed that the collective income of five national parties was slightly more than Rs 200 crore. The parties that were covered in the study included the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), Communist Party of India (CPI) and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). However, major parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC) were not covered in the survey since these parties are yet to submit their audit reports. The survey was conducted in association with the National Election Watch (NEW). The survey involved a detailed analysis of the various incomes and expenditure of the national parties.

The report also mentions that out of the total income of Rs 200.76 crore, only Rs 4.75 crore was from known donors. This gives a low percentage of just 2.37%. The funds derived from unknown sources were Rs 61.66 crore or 30.71% of the total income of the five national political parties. The rest 66.92% or Rs 134.35 crore was attributed to various sources such as sale of assets, membership fees, bank interest, sale of publications, party levy etc.

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