New Delhi: The BJP raised 2,410 crore during 2018-19, of which 1,450 crore came as donations through electoral bonds, according to election watchdog Association For Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The Congress raised 918.03 crore, of which 383.26 crore came through the debt instrument, which can be purchased from select branches of State Bank of India and donated to any political party.

During the financial year 2018-19, out of the six national parties, only the BJP, the Congress and the Trinamool Congress "have declared receiving an income from contribution through electoral bonds, a total of 1,931.43 crore", according to an ADR analysis released on Wednesday.

"The BJP received donations through electoral bonds worth 1,450.89 crore, the Congress 383.26 crore and TMC 97.28 crore," it said.

The TMC declared a total income of 192.65 crore, the CPM 100.96 crore and the BSP 69.79 crore during the financial year 2018-19, the ADR report said.

The BJP's income rose from 1,027.34 crore in 2017-18 to 2,410.08 crore and that of the Congress increased from 199.15 crore to 918.03 crore.

The ruling party spent 792.39 crore and the Congress 308.96 crore, respectively, on election or general propaganda, the report said.

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