While the political parties are liable to disclose details of all donations above Rs.20,000 as per Election Commission directives, the total donations the parties declared was much below their income - Rs.99.14 crore, from 3,777 donors. In fact, the BSP said it received no donation above Rs.20,000. The Election Commission makes it binding on political parties to submit annual details of donations - name, address, PAN number of the donor besides the mode and amount of payment - received above Rs.20,000 from all over India. Of the major sources of income, sale of coupons was listed by most of the major political parties.
Income for the Congress from the sale of coupons/publications amounted to Rs.312.24 crore (73.35 percent of the total income), while the NCP received Rs.3.76 crore from the sale of coupons (14.16 percent of the total income).
Voluntary contributions and donations were listed as the next major source of income by the parties. Nearly 57 percent of the total Income for CPI-M came through donations while the BJP’s donations amounted to 83.76 percent of its total income. “The Supreme Court gave a judgment Sep 13, 2013 declaring that no part of a candidate’s affidavit should be left blank. Similarly, no part of the Form 24A submitted by political parties providing details of donations above Rs.20,000 should be blank,” ADR said in a statement along with the report.