New Delhi, Oct 1: The Indian National Congress had recently told its members to cut back on expenditure and step up their contribution to the party coffers. This is a clear indicator that a lot has changed and some members of the Congress say that they were faced with a similar situation in 1977 as well.
If one looks at the nation wide statistics between 2004 and 2012 the Congress had the highest income with Rs 2,365.02 crore. While looking at the donations received by the Congress in the year 2013-2014 the statistics suggest that the party received Rs 59.58 crore.
This suggests a 408 per cent jump as the party had got donations of Rs 11.72 crore in 2012-2013 according to several reports prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms.
When one speaks of the Bihar scenario, the Congress has shown the highest declaration until the year 2011 with an amount of Rs Rs 2,00,871.74 lakhs. In fact until 2011 it was the richest party in Bihar as per the income that it had declared.
Donations made to the Congress:
Donations to INC increased from Rs 11.72 crores during FY 2012-13 to Rs 59.58 crores during FY 2013-14 (408% increase).
The total income of national parties between FY 2004-05 and 2011-12 is Rs. 4899.46 crores. INC has the highest total income of Rs. 2365.02 crores between FY 2004-05 and 2011-12, followed by BJP with Rs. 1304.22 crores.
BSP has a total income of Rs. 497.44 crores, NCP has a declared total income of Rs. 201.63 crores, CPI has Rs. 10.01 crores and CPM has a total income of Rs. 521.10 crores between FY 2004-05 and 2011-12.
Among the national parties, BJP received a total of Rs. 1095.98 crores as donations or voluntary contributions, which forms 84.03% of its income. INC declared Rs. 306.95 crores (12.98% of its income) as donations between FY 2004-05 and 2011-12.
Financial assessment of political parties in Bihar:
The Congress had shown the highest income. Its total income for the 7 financial years is Rs 2,00,871.74 lakhs. BJP has shown the second highest income amongst the National Parties. Its total income for the 7 financial years is Rs 99,476.67 lakhs.
INC had shown a 125% increase in income between FY 2007-08 and FY 2008-09 but a dip of - 34.32% between FY 2009-10 and 2010-11 while BJP had shown an increase of 77.75% between FY 2007-08 and FY 2008-09 but a dip of -34.88% between FY 2009-10 and FY 2010-11
Of the Regional Parties, JDU, being the ruling party, showed the maximum total income with Rs 2,667.79 lakhs followed by RJD with Rs 2,117.89 lakhs.
For INC, the maximum income is derived from Sale of Coupons (Rs1,55,377.18 lakhs). Both the National Parties have Donations/Contributions as one of their 3 main sources of income: BJP - Rs 82,000.50 lakhs and INC - Rs 27,250.48 lakhs.
Interest collected is the also one of the highest sources of income for the parties: INC Rs 10,473.33 lakhs, BJP collecting Rs 7,527.83 lakhs followed by JD(U) collecting Rs 39.66 lakhs
The maximum expenditure for INC has been towards Election expenses of Rs 92,506.40 lakhs followed by expenses towards Aid(Rs 17,116.47 lakhs). Publicity is one the top three items of expenditure for BJP spending approximately Rs 35,720.64 lakhs.
Travelling (Rs 18,889.46 lakhs) and meeting (Rs 10,456.60 lakhs) are the other two main items of expenditure for BJP.