As per annual returns submitted to the Election Commission, the BJP earned more than Rs. 1,000 Cr in 2017-18, and could become maximum gainer of political funding. On the other-side, Congress and NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) are yet to submit their returns to the Election Commission. Apart from BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), the other parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Communist Party of India (Marxist), also filed their returns.
Finally the BJP has emerged as the richest party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, four other national parties have gained financially in the year ending March 2018
Mayawati’s BSP has enhanced its corpus to Rs 717 Cr from Rs 681 Cr and is the second-richest in the list.
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress annual income rose to Rs 291 Cr from Rs 262 Cr in 2016-17.
The Communist Party of India (CPM) has earned Rs 104 Cr funds, about 10% of BJP’s earning whereas Communist Party of India (CPI) has got only Rs 1.5 Cr funds.
Trinamool Congress’s annual income has dipped from Rs 609 Cr to Rs 516 Cr in 2016-17.
Gopal Agarwal, the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson said the party’s large collection was the outcome of its efforts to make its financial dealings transparent.