PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s party JD(U), an ally of the BJP-led NDA, got Rs 60.15 crore from the pandemic-hit financial year 2020-21, the highest among 54 regional parties in the country. DMK (Rs 33.99 cr) and AAP (Rs 11.32 cr) finished second and third Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in a report.
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) announced net donations of Rs 4.16 crore and Rs 4.15 crore. These five regional parties had captured the bulk of the donations.
The ADR report showed that out of 207 donations from the corporate/business sector, regional parties received Rs 95.45 crore, while 2,569 individual donors contributed Rs 25.57 crore. JD(U) announced 58 donations (over Rs 59.24 crore from corporate/business sector and over Rs 90 lakh from 272 individual donors).
The report is based on the donations announced by regional political parties to the Election Commission (EC) in 2020-21. Section 29C(1) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 requires political parties to prepare a report with details of contributions exceeding Rs 20,000 from any individual in a financial year in order to get 100% tax exemption.
The ADR said the donation reports of other regional parties of Bihar such as RJD, RLSP (now merged with JD-U) and LJP were not available on the website of the Election Commission.
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha—the party’s office in Jharkhand—as well as the NDPP, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam and the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLTP) are yet to announce the amount they received.