New Delhi: While political parties are required to submit details of those donating over Rs 20,000 in a financial year to them, an analysis by Association of Democratic Reforms has revealed that in many cases, such donations are being received without PAN details and address of donors.
Incidentally, the BJP has been the overwhelming recipient of political donations, having received over Rs 915 crore (92.5%) out of the total donation of Rs 985 crore received by the six national parties in two fiscals – 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Political parties are required to furnish the name, address and PAN of the donor along with information about mode of payment and amount contributed by each donor to the Election Commission.
In a report released in January 2014, ADR had noted that between 2004-05 and 2011-12, the national parties received a total of Rs 378.89 crore in political donations. This constituted 87% of the total contribution from known sources.