close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Cong, BJP defend receiving donations

Congress and BJP defended a report that said political parties in India have `earned` over Rs 4,662 crore since 2004.



New Delhi: Congress and BJP on Monday defended receiving donations from party workers and other sources as two NGOs released a report that said political parties in India have `earned` over Rs 4,662 crore since 2004.

The report by Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch, which relied on the IT returns and list of donors submitted to the Election Commission for the period 2004-11, said Congress` income was Rs 2,008 crore while BJP earned Rs 994 crore.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said the party would comment only after going through the report, but a senior leader defended the donations, saying there was nothing "illegal or unethical."

Echoing same sentiments, BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said the party receives funds from its workers through a "transparent system of fund collection."
The NGOs said donations and voluntary contributions seem to be one of the major sources of income for most political parties and demanded more transparency in functioning of electoral trusts run by corporates added that political parties must be declared as public authorities.
PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video

DNA EXCLUSIVES

Presidential poll reveals how infighting and bruised egos weakened the grand alliance

The Doklam Deadlock: India and China need to defuse crisis immediately

The Whimper of the Dragon: New Delhi's response has rattled Beijing into 1962 hysteria

A soldier’s perennial dilemma over the use of lethal force

SP MP Naresh Agrawal made hurtful comments, media just did its job