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BJP bags over Rs 705 crore in corporate doles since 2012, Congress distant second at Rs 198 crore



BJP bags over Rs 705 crore in corporate doles since 2012

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Analysis by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) of donations received by five national political parties between financial year 2012-2013 and 2015-16 shows that irrespective of its stint in power the BJP constantly raked in the maximum moolah in voluntary contributions above Rs 20,000 by corporates and trusts 

Whoever advised to ‘make hay while the sun shines’ possibly didn’t know of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s capability of earning hundreds of crores of rupees from corporate donations whether or not the party won general elections to rule the country.

An analysis of donations above Rs 20000 made to various political parties between financial year 2012-2013 and 2015-2016 shows how the BJP earned a staggering Rs 705.81 crore out of a total of Rs 1,070.68 crore donated by corporates and electoral trusts.

As much as 89 per cent – Rs 956.77 crore – of the total donations of Rs 1070.68 crore received by the five political parties whose donations receipts were analysed – came from corporates/business houses.

The analysis done by the Association of Democratic Reforms after studying filings made by political parties and electoral trusts before the Election Commission of India also highlights major anomalies in the manner in which political parties receive ‘voluntary contributions’ from big – or even non-descript – corporate houses and trusts.

The over Rs 705 crore donations received by the BJP from 2987 corporate donors is nearly three times the combined corporate donations received by the remaining four parties – the Congress, CPM, CPI and NCP – which declared the donations received by them. The Congress – which along with its allies in the UPA was in power at the Centre for at least two of four years that were analysed by ADR – received just Rs 198.16 crore from 167 such donors.

The two key Left parties – CPI and CPM – received the lowest amounts in donations, Rs 18 lakh and Rs 1.89 crore respectively while Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) received Rs 50.73 crore during the same period. No data was available for Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as the party claimed that it did not receive any donation of above Rs 20,000 (the cap beyond which details of donations received have to be made public).

Political parties are required to submit details of donors who have made donations above Rs 20,000 in a financial year (between April 1 and March 31) to the Election Commission of India, every year. Parties provide details of the name, address, Permanent Account Number (PAN), mode of payment and amount contributed by each donor who has donated above Rs 20,000 in their submission.

The BJP, Congress, and NCP – which collectively accounted for over 80 per cent of all donations received by the five political parties – made maximum monetary gains under the “trusts and group of companies” category, which included entities with interests in mining, real estate, power, newspapers and other businesses. This category of corporate/business houses alone donated Rs 432.65 crore to political parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16, says the ADR report. While the BJP received Rs 287.69 crore, the Congress got Rs 129.16 crore, and the NCP Rs 15.78 crore. The BJP received the highest donations from all 14 sectors defined in the ADR report – the maximum coming in from real estate companies – Rs 105.20 crore followed by mining, construction, exports/imports – Rs 83.56 crore – and then the chemicals/pharmaceuticals sector – Rs 31.94 crore.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1503052619020{margin-bottom: 20px !important;border-top-width: 20px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;background-color: #a2b1bf !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]What is interesting – although predictably so – is the fact that donations received by political parties show a gradual increase as the country moved towards the Lok Sabha elections and then suddenly slumped – by over 80 per cent – once the elections were over in May 2014.

A cursory perusal of the ADR report reveals how in the financial year 2014-15, during which Lok Sabha elections were held, corporate donations constituted 60 per cent of the total money received by political parties between FY 2012-13 and 2015-16. Donations from corporates to national parties reduced by 86.58 per cent between FY 2014-15 and 2015-16. In numeric terms, the political parties received a total of Rs 82.4 crore in corporate donations in 2012-2013, which went up to Rs 224.60 crore in 2013-2014 and then surged to Rs 573.18 crore in the poll year of 2014-2015 before falling drastically to Rs 76.94 crore in the following fiscal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Another curious take-away from the ADR report is that the parties collectively received Rs 384.04 crore in over 1900 donations which did not list the PAN details of the contributor. National parties have received Rs 355.08 crore from 1,546 donations which do not have address details in the contribution form. The ADR report says: “99 per cent of such donations without PAN and address details worth Rs 159.59 crore belong to BJP” and that “Such incomplete contribution reports must be returned to the parties by the ECI, to deter them from providing incomplete information.”

Furthermore, political parties reported receiving 262 donations worth Rs 10.48 crore from such corporate entities who have zero internet presence and even if they do, there is ambiguity about the nature of their work.

The Electoral Trusts

What is particularly noteworthy about ADR’s analysis is that it points at two Electoral Trusts – Satya Electoral Trust and General Electoral Trust – as being the largest contributors in monetary terms to the parties – mainly the BJP and Congress.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes had in 2013 made it mandatory for electoral trusts to register with it, declare their address and names of trustees, get a CIN number and annually file details of who they have received donations from during a financial year and the amounts that have been contributed towards different political parties. These trusts that could receive donations from various entities and then donate the money to political parties without having to disclose the original source of the funds; the only condition being that they had to donate 95 per cent of the total contributions received by them to political parties.

While both Satya and General Electoral Trusts donated generously to the BJP and Congress, little is known about the manner in which they operate. What arouses even more suspicion is that even though details of Satya group – which has donated Rs 193.62 crore to the BJP, Rs 57.25 crore to the Congress and Rs 10 crore to the NCP between 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 – are known, there is absolutely no information about the trustees, address or CIN Number of the General Electoral Trust.

The General Electoral Trust which was formed before the Electoral Scheme was launched by the Government in 2013, was the second highest corporate donor to BJP and INC. Between FY 2012-13 & 2015-16, it donated Rs 70.70 crore to the BJP and Rs 54.10 crore to the Congress but there is no information available with the CBDT or the EC on which companies the General Electoral Trust received this money from.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Rajasthan High Court acquits 4 accused in 2008 Jaipur serial blasts

The four accused are Sarwar Azmi, Mohammed Salman, Mohammed Said, and Saifurehman Ansari and were found guilty by a trial court in 2019.



2008 Jaipur serial blasts

The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday sentenced all 4 accused people to death in connection with the deadly serial blasts in Jaipur in 2008. The blasts took 71 lives and left more than 180 people injured.

The four accused are Sarwar Azmi, Mohammed Salman, Mohammed Said, and Saifurehman Ansari and were found guilty by a trial court in 2019.

The accused men were convicted and awarded the death penalty by a sessions court on August 8, 2020, for the nine ammonium nitrate-based bombs that were blasted within a span of twenty minutes.

A division bench of Justices Pankaj Bhandari and Sameer Jain pronounced the verdict after approving 28 appeals. The High Court also upheld the decision of the lower court to release one of the accused, Shahbaz.

The 4 accused were convicted and were found guilty of murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, conspiracy and under relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

While Mohammed Saif was arrested in the blast at Manak Chowk police station, Mohammad Salman was nabbed for blasts in Sanganeri Hanuman temple. Sarwar Azmi was arrested for carrying out a blast at the Chandpole Hanuman temple and Saifurehman Ansari was found guilty of planting bombs at five different places in Jaipur.

Reports said 13 people were arrested by police, out of which three are in Hyderabad and Delhi jails and the other three are still absconding. 2 were shot in the Batla House encounter while four others were sent to Jaipur jail.

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Amritpal Singh releases first video amid manhunt, mocks Punjab Police | WATCH

Amritpal Singh, who returned from Dubai in 2022 and took over Waris De Chief, is on the run since March 18.



Amritpal Singh

Pro-Khalistani leader and Waris De Chief Amritpal Singh released his first video message amid the high-voltage drama of Punjab Police to nab him.

In the viral video, Singh can be heard mocking the efforts made by the Bhagwant Mann’s police and saying he managed to escape despite their best efforts. He put a full stop to the media reports speculating that he would surrender.

He also said if the Punjab government had the intention to arrest him, the police could have arrested him from his house.

Singh continued that his aides have been arrested in false cases and had been sent to the Assam jail just for preaching the Sikh religion. Further, he urged his supporters to keep fighting for him and support him.

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The Punjab government on Wednesday informed the Haryana and Punjab High Court that they failed to arrest the radical preacher despite their best efforts.

The cops also carried out a flag march around the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Multiple media reports stated that Singh will surrender at the Golden Temple in public in the presence of the media.

Amritpal Singh, who returned from Dubai in 2022 and took over Waris De Chief, is on the run since March 18. The Punjab government declared him a fugitive and is in search of the pro-khalistani leader.

On Wednesday, Singh along with his close aide Papalpreet Singh managed to dodge the police and escape. Reports said an Innova vehicle with three people onboard was stopped by the police on Tuesday night at a checkpoint, however, they managed to escape in the dark.

Multiple videos of Singh are being circulated on social media. In one of the videos, Singh was seen walking in a street in Delhi market without a turban and covering his mouth with a mask.

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Video of UP policemen trampling, kicking man sleeping on train platform goes viral, users enraged | WATCH

The video also shows the policemen and the man exchanging words, however, one of the policemen can again be seen trampling the man’s feet by stepping on it.



Policemen kicking sleeping man at mathura Railway staton

A bizarre video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura Railway station where 2 policemen can be seen misbehaving with a man sleeping on the railway platform as he waits for the train. After the video went viral, many user came forward to condemn Police’s actions.

In the video, two policemen can be seen harassing a man lying on the railway platform as he waits for his train. In the video, one policeman can be seen blinding the man with torch, whereas another can be seen kicking him.

The video also shows the policemen and the man exchanging words, however, one of the policemen can again be seen trampling the man’s feet by stepping on it. The man can be seen continuing to talk to the policemen despite being harassed.

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User’s reaction

After the video of the incident went viral on social media, many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user sarcastically wrote and urged the authorities to award them with bravery award, sarcastically implying at the way they behaved with man in a cowardly manner.

One user wrote and also urged other followers to share the video to make it go viral so the unruly policemen can be held accountable by the authorities.

One user wrote and added a quippy take on the narrative of new india put forth by the BJP as they wrote that they never thought that the new india will function like this, implying that the new India is even a step back from the prevailing situation in the nation.

One user wrote and said that such policemen never treat bigwig mafias or goons in such manner of hostility, implying that the police only use their arbitrary powers against the helpless and never against the people who actually deserve them.

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