New Delhi, November 29: As per the data released by Election Commission of India (ECI) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has maximum amount of income of Rs 977 crore from unknown sources in two years, when compared to all other political parties in the country.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocates demonetisation as a surgical strike on black money and seeks the nation of 125 crore to account for each of their transactions, a major chunk of political funding in the country is still backed by unknown sources. BJP tops all the parties as it has maximum income from unknown sources.
Although BJP topped the chart, Congress reportedly reported income of Rs 969 crore while BSP reported 141.4 crore, CPI reported 120.25 crore and NCP reported 67. 84 crore respectively during 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The political parties in India receive income/contribution from various unknown sources. As per the law, they need not report the identity of the contributor, if the donation is less than Rs 20,000. The unknown sources may include sale of coupons, purse money, relief fund, miscellaneous income, contribution— voluntary and from meetings and many more. The details of such voluntary contributors are not in the public domain.
As per ADR data, the 80% of the total income of the parties is from such unknown sources. A common man needs to show his Identity details to deposit his income or withdraw even Rs 2000 from his own bank account post demonetisation, while he can still donate Rs 20,000 to a political party as ‘annonymous’. Not fair. Isn’t?