Electoral bonds continue to be the popular mode of donations for regional parties in the last financial year with 42 of them raising Rs 447.498 cr through the scheme. This forms more than 50.97% of their total income. The total income of these 42 parties for the financial year 2019-20 was Rs 877.957 cr.
These 42 regional parties collected Rs 676.326 cr or 77.03% of their total income from voluntary contributions (including donations, contributions and Electoral Bonds) for the last financial year. These findings are in line with the trend seen with the income for the seven national parties – Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India(Marxist), Nationalist Congress Party. More than 62% of the total income (Rs 2993.826 cr) of these parties came through electoral bonds.
The analysis done by Association for Democratic Reforms is based on the audited accounts submitted by 42 regional parties to the Election Commission including Shiv Sena, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSR-C), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Janata Dal Secular (JDS), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Janata Dal (United) (JDU), AJSU Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RJD), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP), Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), NDPP, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP), Kerala Congress (M) (KC-M), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), and People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA).