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Akalis funded by transport firms, shows RTI reply

March 20, 2019 06:55 AM


Akalis funded by transport firms, shows RTI reply


: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the oldest regional party of India, received Rs 2.28 crore donation during the financial year 2017-18. The party’s 76% donations came from the two companies in which SAD president Sukhbir Badal and his family members have shares. Bathinda-based Dabwali transport company was the highest donor with Rs 94.50 lakh, while Gurgaonbased Orbit Resorts Private Limited donated Rs 87 lakh.

As many as 126 politicians, other people and companies made Rs 2.28 crore donations into the SAD’s party account during 2017-18. This information was provided by the Election Commission of India to advocate Dinesh Chadha of the Punjab and Haryana high court under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Most of the Akali MLAs and other senior leaders, including former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir, donated Rs 45,000 each to the party fund. Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal donated Rs 1.80 lakh, former minister Surjit Singh Rakhra Rs 6 lakh and former Army chief Gen Joginder Jaswant Singh Rs 4.16 lakh. However, a New Delhi-based company International Coil Limited donated Rs 3 lakh and Ludhiana-based Avon Cycles Limited Rs 1 lakh into the party account.

An NGO, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), had recently done an analysis of the income and expenditure of 37 regional parties based on their income tax returns submitted to the EC. It found that SAD’s total income from all sources had reduced from over Rs 21 crore in 2016-17, when it was in power in Punjab, to Rs 3 crore in 2017-18 after it lost the assembly elections. The SAD has declared its come as Rs 3.91 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 4.98 crore as

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