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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