Over 100 cr Electoral Trusts donations goes to BJP
Over 100 cr Electoral Trusts donations goes to BJP Over 40 percentage Electoral Trusts donations goes to BJP BJP INC NCP AAP BJD YSR C Electoral Trusts donations Pratinidhi Electoral Trust and Bhartiya Socialist Republican
Five Electoral Trusts have received a total amount of Rs 252 during 2018-19, of which BJP received Rs 100.25 cr or 39.85% of the total donations received by all political parties from Electoral Trust This was revealed by the study conducted by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW).
As per the response received from the ECI, on December 2, 2019, on ADR’s RTI application on the updated list of Electoral Trusts, there are a total of 21 Electoral Trusts registered with the CBDT (registration of 4 Electoral Trusts namely, Bajaj Electoral Trust, Gauri Welfare Association Electoral Trust, Pratinidhi Electoral Trust and Bhartiya Socialist Republican Electoral Trust Association was not renewed), 15 of whom had submitted their contributions reports. Of these, only 5 Trusts declared receiving contributions from various corporate houses and individuals.
Five Electoral Trusts which have declared receiving contributions during 2018-19, have received a total amount of Rs 252.0065 cr from corporates and individuals and distributed Rs 251.554 cr (99.82%) to various political parties.
The GMR Hyderabad Intl. Airport Ltd. contributed the highest amount worth Rs 25 cr amongst all donors of the Electoral Trusts, followed by Ultratech Cement Ltd. with Rs 23 cr and Bharti Airtel Ltd which contributed Rs 21.174 cr, to various Trusts.
Only two individuals, Mrs. Sushmita Kacholia (Rs 50 lakhs to Prudent Electoral Trust) and Mr. Ashish Kacholia (Rs 11 lakhs to Prudent Electoral Trust) have contributed to Electoral Trusts in FY 2018-19.
Top 10 donors have donated Rs 161.42 cr to Electoral Trusts, which forms 64% of the total donations received by the Trusts during 2018-19. Prudent Electoral Trust donated Rs 67.25 cr to BJP, in contrast to Rs 154.30 cr contributed in FY 2017-18, while AB General Electoral Trust donated Rs 28 cr of its total income to BJP.
Janhit Electoral Trust made contributions to only 1 political party, of Rs 2.5 cr to BJP. Prudent Electoral Trust donated to 11 political parties (including major parties like BJP, INC, NCP, AAP, BJD & YSR-C ) unlike in FY 2017-18 when it contributed to only three political parties.
BJP received Rs 100.25 cr or 39.85% of the total donations received by all political parties from Electoral Trusts. INC received Rs 43 cr or 17.09% of the total donations received by all parties from AB General, Samaj and Prudent electoral trusts. Other 12 political parties including BJD, NCP, SP, AAP, TDP, SHS etc. received a total of Rs 108.30 cr collectively.