Highlights

  • City wise electoral bonds sold between March 2018 to October 2019 ( 12 phases )
    1. Mumbai: Rs 1880 Cr
    2. Kolkata: Rs 1440 Cr
    3. New Delhi: Rs 919 Cr
    4. Hyderabad: Rs 838 Cr
    5. Other states ( put together): Rs 1051 Cr
    * 12313 electoral bonds worth Rs 6128 Cr sold from March 2018 to October 2019

Hyderabad: Hyderabad is the fourth highest donor to political parties, in the form of electoral bonds revealed the analysis of ADR. The city has raised bonds worth Rs 838 Crore between March 2018 to October 2019.

In April alone, Hyderabad’s SBI branches sold bonds worth Rs 338.07 crore, the highest of all.
In a revelation of sorts, since the highly debatable scheme was made available, over 12, 313 electoral bonds worth Rs 6128 Crore were sold. Mumbai tops the donor’s chart with Rs 1880 Crore bonds purchased, closely followed by Kolkata (Rs 1440Cr), Captial city New Delhi ( Rs 919 Cr) and Hyderabad Rs 838 Crore.

Interestingly, funding through the back door continued after the Lok Sabha polls, In June 2019, few days after the polls Rs 45 worth bonds was raised. And in October it jumped to Rs 232 Crore, indicating that anonymous donors continue to feed political parties financially.

A breakup into the bond purchase chain revealed the highest purchase were made in April 2019, i.e. Rs 2256. That goes without saying that funding was done before the Lok Sabha polls ( May 2019 ) followed by March Rs 1366 Cr. In the electioneering month, Rs 822 Crore worth bonds were purchased, the 3rd highest since the scheme was made available.

Out of the total Rs 6128 Crore raised, Rs 20 lie unused. The amount goes directly into the Election Commission’s kitty.

The electoral bond scheme – which was introduced by the NDA-II government in January 2018, envisaged aimed at improving transparency and cleaning up black money. However, it garnered criticism by the Election Commission and a range of non-governmental organisations, especially election watchers.

Professor Jagdeep Chhokar – the representative of the Association of Democratic reform – an election watch body who filed a petition seeking a stay on the sale of electoral bonds, said “The high purchase of electoral bonds during the elections months indicates that a lot of money is pumped into the electioneering. However as it has been pointed out, including by the Election commission in its affidavit to the Supreme court, bonds purchases do not bring any transparency to the electoral funding a lot. As a matter of fact, these bonds raises have removed whatever resembles of transparency was there in the political funding.

He further adds, “This gateway seems to be the safest way of flushing out black money as the identification of donor is concealed and escapes from the tax net. This apart bonds are used by the corporates to fund their respective parties for benefits”.

“>ADR report

 

Coreena Suares

Coreena Enet Suares is the Editor of NewsMeter. Her stories have been published in the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper and the Asian Age. Coreena began her career as a News Anchor. Throughout her journey, she has been able to build a strong network with people from all walks of life. She is an alumnus of Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists- Research and Investigation, a flagship initiative of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Coreena is also a certified fact-checker by Google India Initiative. She has attended the 'Defence Correspondents Course 2019, through which she visited Indo- Pak border, besides traveling on a War-ship and insight into operations of Fighter aircraft. Coreena's focus areas are anti-crime investigation agencies and Defence reporting.

One comment on "Hyderabad fourth highest donor to political parties, Rs 838 crore electoral bonds purchased"

  • SBI presents poor quality service to public but it is otherway for vested groups. When P. V. Narasimha Rao took over as PM, the bank has no foreign reserves. I am one of the ten have NRI deposits at that time. RP Road Bank Chief Manager provided good service. But later once the bank has good number of NRI customers the employees showed their tail. In Jubilee Hills Branch now it is very very poor service. I closed my accounts but SBH account was transferred to SBI after merger. They don’t have respect for cutomers.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *