The total income of 32 regional political parties of the country for the year 2016-17 was Rs 321.03 crore.and the Samajwadi Party (SP) is at the top with Rs 82.76 crores. This information is given in the latest analysis of the report.
The reports have been analysed by the Association for Democratic Reforms. After the SP, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) are on the second and third spot with an income of Rs 72.92 crore and Rs 48.88 crore respectively. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in its report on Tuesday. The audit report of 16 parties out of 48 regional parties is not available on the EC’s website.
Among the 16 parties are Aam Aadmi Party, All India Forward Bloc, Goa Forward Party, Hills State People’s Democratic Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, Karnataka Janta Paksha, Rashtriya Janata Dal, and United Democratic Party.
“Samajwadi Party reported having the highest income of Rs 82.76 crore, which forms 25.78 percent of the total income of all 32 regional parties, followed by TDP (Telugu Desam Party) with an income of Rs 72.92 crore and AIADMK Rs 48.88 crore,” the Delhi-based think tank ADR said.
The total income of 27 regional parties increased from Rs 291.14 crore in 2015-16, to Rs 316.05 crore in 2016-17.
In its observations, the ADR said the most common and popular source of income for regional parties in 2015-16 and 2016-17 are grant, donations, contributions, gross receipts and interest income. The most common and popular item of expenditure for regional parties across 2015-16 and 2016-17 were election expenses, administrative and general expenses.