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National parties collected ₹15,077 crore from unknown sources between FY 2004-05 and 2020-21: ADR report

The national parties have collected more than ₹15,077.97 crore from unknown sources between 2004-05 and 2020-21, an analysis by the poll rights body — Association for Democratic Reforms, showed.

The total income of national and regional parties from unknown sources for 2020-21 stands at ₹690.67 crore.

ADR considered eight national parties and 27 regional parties for this analysis.

The national parties comprised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Community Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India (CPI) and National People's Party (NPEP).

The regional parties included AAP, AGP, AIADMK, AIFB, AIMIM, AIUDF, BJD, CPI(ML)(L), DMDK, DMK, GFP, JDS, JDU, JMM, KC-M, MNS, NDPP, NPF, PMK, RLD, SAD, SDF, Shivsena, SKM, TDP, TRS and YSR-Congress.

The analysis conducted on the basis of the parties' Income Tax Returns (ITR) and donations statements filed with the Election Commission of India (ECI) found that between FY 2004-05 and 2020-21, the national parties have collected ₹15,077.97 crore from unknown sources.

"For FY 2020-21, eight national political parties have declared ₹426.74 crore income from unknown sources and 27 regional parties received ₹263.928 crore income from unknown sources," it said.

During FY 2020-21, Congress declared ₹178.782 crore as income from unknown sources which is 41.89% of the total income of national parties from unknown sources (₹426.742 crore)," the analysis said.

BJP declared ₹100.502 crore as income from unknown sources which is 23.55% of the total income of national parties from unknown sources.

The top five regional parties in terms of unknown income are YSR-Congress with ₹96.2507 crore, DMK with ₹80.02 crore, BJD with ₹67 crore, MNS with ₹5.773 crore and AAP with ₹5.4 crore.

47.06% of the total ₹690.67 crore account for the income from electoral bonds.

The ADR said the combined income of Congress and NCP from the sale of coupons between FY 2004-05 and 2020-21 stands at ₹4,261.83 crore.

There are reporting discrepancies in the audit and contribution reports of seven political parties for FY 2020-21.

These seven parties include AITC, CPI, AAP, SAD, KC-M, AIFB and AIUDF.

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