As per records, it is the seventh year in a row that the Bharatiya Janata Party has topped the chart in receiving the highest donations by corporates and individuals. According to Election Commission’s reports, the party received roughly Rs. 750 crore in donations from companies and individuals for the year 2019-2020. It is at least five times more than the donations received by the Congress party. The NCP got Rs. 59 crore, TMC Rs. 8 crore, CPM Rs. 19.6 crore, and the CPI Rs. 1.9 crore in the same year.
Here is a list of major BJP donors:
- Prudent Electoral Trust: Rs. 217.75 cr
- Jankalyan Electoral Trust: Rs. 45.95 cr
- Jupiter Capital: Rs. 15 cr
- ITC&ITC subsidiaries: Rs. 76cr
- Lodha Developers: Rs. 21 cr
- Gulmarg Realtors: Rs. 20 cr
- B.G Shikre Construction Technology: Rs. 35 cr
Apart from these, there were 14 educational institutions among the major BJP’s donors which include Mewar University (Rs. 2 crore), Krishna Institute of Engineering (Rs. 10 lakh), G.D Goenka International School (Rs. 2.5 lakh), Pathania Public School (Rs. 2.5 lakh), Little Hearts Convent School (Rs 21,000) and Allen Career (Rs. 25 lakh).
The party’s income from electoral bonds is not known as it is yet to submit its annual audit report. The EC has extended the deadline for submission of the annual audit reports for 2019-20 till June 30, 2021. The BJP has been the biggest beneficiary of the electoral bonds scheme since its launch in 2018.