Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday donated Rs 1000 to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) through Narendra Modi app and urged people to contribute to the party. The prime minister in a tweet said that he urged everyone to spread the message of transparency in public life.
“You can contribute any amount from Rs. 5/- to Rs. 1000/- via the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App.’ Your support and contribution will strengthen the resolve of our Karyakartas to serve the nation,” Modi tweeted. The move comes days after the Aam Aadmi Party launched a campaign to gather funds through a door to door campaign.
Several BJP leaders including the party chief Amit Shah and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj also made donations towards the party fund using the app and urged for increasing transparency.
The Bharatiya Janata Party received Rs 532.27 crore as donation during the financial year 2016-17, a 593 per cent increase as compared to the Rs 76.85 crore it declared in the previous fiscal (2015-16), a report prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) said.
According to the report, the total donations received by national political parties between the financial year (FY) 2016-17 increased by Rs 487.36 cr — an increase of 478% from Rs 102.02 crore declared during the previous fiscal. As per the report, the total donations (above Rs 20,000) declared by the national parties was Rs 589.38 crore, from 2,123 donations. A total of Rs 532.27 crore was declared by BJP from 1,194 donations, while INC declared receiving Rs 41.90 cr from 599 donations.