The BJP got Rs 461 crore as donations from ‘unknown sources’ in 2015-16, while the same for the Congress was Rs 186 crore, ADR reports.
ADR said the total declared income of the BJP and the Congress stood at Rs 570.86 crore and Rs 261.56 crore, respectively, in 2015-16.
The findings are based on an analysis of the two parties income and expenditure data submitted to the Election Commission of India.
In 2015-16, the BJP’s income from unknown sources was Rs 460.78 crore while that of the INC was Rs 186.04 crore.
Income from “unknown sources” refers to those where the source is not declared for donations below Rs 20,000. Such income includes those from sale of coupons, relief fund, miscellaneous income, voluntary contributions and contribution from meetings or morchas, stated the report.
The details of donors of such voluntary contributions are not available in the public domain, it said.
The contribution statements, submitted by the political parties declaring names and other details of donors who contribute above Rs 20,000, are the only known sources of income parties, ADR said.
Among the unknown sources of funding, maximum funds were collected under “voluntary contributions” by the BJP, which amounted to Rs 459.56 crore in fiscal 2016, it said.
The total amount of voluntary contributions, including donations of over Rs 20,000, received by the BJP was Rs 536.41 crore in 2015-16.