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Bumper jump in BJP’s income in 2019, loss to Congress, know the condition of other parties too

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The Lok Sabha elections were held in the country in 2019. This year the income of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has increased by about 50 percent as compared to 2018-19. In the previous year, the BJP’s income was around Rs 2,410 crore, which increased to Rs 3,623 crore. The party’s total expenditure during the same period increased by 64 per cent to Rs 1,651 crore as against Rs 1,005 crore.

According to the BJP’s annual audit report for 2019-20 presented by the Election Commission on Monday, the ruling party earned Rs 2,555 crore from electoral bonds in 2019-20, which was nearly 76 per cent more. Its total election expenditure increased to Rs 1,352.92 crore in 2019-20.

Congress’s loss, BJP’s bat-bat

The total income of Congress in the year 2019-20 was Rs 682 crore. The income of the ruling party was about 5.3 times higher than that of the oldest party in the country. Interestingly, the income of BJP in 2019-20 was three times more than the combined income of national parties, Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP, BSP, CPM and CPI. At the same time, in sharp contrast to the 50% increase in the income of the BJP between 2018-19 and 2019-20, the income of the Congress was registered a decline of 25% from Rs 998 crore to Rs 682 crore in the same period.

How much money did BJP get from where?

The ruling party received Rs 291 crore from individuals, Rs 238 crore from companies and organisations, Rs 281 crore from institutions and welfare bodies and Rs 33 crore from ‘others’. A total of Rs 23 crore was contributed to the Jeevan Sahayak Nidhi, Rs 5.03 crore from fronts and Rs 34 lakh from meetings. BJP got Rs 28 lakh from application fee, Rs 1.29 crore from representative fee and Rs 20.12 crore from membership fee.

BJP spent heavily

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As part of its election expenditure, the BJP spent over Rs 400 crore on advertisements, which is almost double the Rs 229 crore spent in 2018-19. A total of Rs 249 crore was spent on electronic media promotion and Rs 47.38 crore on print media, which were Rs 171.26 crore and Rs 20.32 crore respectively. The party also spent Rs 250.49 crore on air travel of its leaders and candidates, up from Rs 20.63 crore in 2018-19. The high expenditure on advertising and air travel can be explained by the fact that 2019-20 was also the year of Lok Sabha elections.

The party has given financial assistance of Rs 198.27 crore to its candidates in 2019-20 as against Rs 60.35 crore a year ago.

A study of the annual audit reports of other national parties for the year 2019-20 shows that the total income of Congress is Rs.682 crore, that of Trinamool Congress is Rs.143.67 crore, that of CPM is Rs.158.62 crore, that of BSP is Rs.58.25 crore, that of NCP is Rs. 85.58 crores and CPI is Rs 6.58 crores. The Election Commission on Monday also presented the annual audit report of the NCP.

Some regional parties also benefited

Some regional parties such as the TRS have earned as much as their national counterparts. TRS got Rs 130.46 crore in 2019-20. At the same time, the income of YSR Congress Party was Rs 92.73 crore, TDP Rs 91.5 crore, BJD Rs 90.35 crore and AIADMK Rs 89 crore. .

As far as 2019-20 expenditure is concerned, NCP spent Rs 109.18 crore, Trinamool Rs 107.27 crore, CPM Rs 105.68 crore, BSP Rs 95.05 crore and CPI Rs 6.53 crore.

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