The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has built a place for itself in the Indian political scenario, has been charged by a democracy watchdog of taking donations from ‘mysterious’ donors. The ‘Association for Democratic Reforms’ (ADR) has claimed in its report that the ruling party of Delhi saw a donation hike of over 250% in 2014-2015 and that a huge sum has come from undeclared donors. The report also claims that AAP was the only state party to see such a huge hike in the previous financial year.
As per the report, AAP saw a 275% hike in donations received last year, much higher than the party’s total increase of 151%. According to a report by Zee News, the ADR press statement stated that the party had received Rs. 9.42 Crores in donations in the year 2013-2014, while last year, the party donations jumped to a whopping Rs 35.28 crore! The most shocking part of it all is that names of about 111 donors of the money have not been disclosed by the party, which claims to be a crusader for transparency
These ‘mystery’ donors have reportedly donated above Rs. 20,000 each to the party are absent from the party’s list of donors and AAP has not released either their PAN card details or their names and addresses. The report also said that Maharashtra and Delhi were the biggest contributors in filling the party coffers- 23.28% of total donations came from the former while Delhi donors gave AAP 20.42 per cent of total donations. Above 25% of the donations also came from outside India. The report was prepared by ADR on the basis of the list of names of donors provided by the party to the Election Commission of India.