As per a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an NGO which monitors political parties in India, the BJP emerged as one of the richest political parties in the world with a reported income of Rs. 1,034.27 crore for 2016-17. It, then, can obviously be termed as a very good year for the BJP, as its income shot up by a stupendous 81 percent compared to the year before.
For this, the BJP leader, who handles the finances of the party, should take a bow for enabling saffron party raise money more than double the figure raised by all other national parties combined. 2016-17 turned out to be an amazing year for it considering its amazing financial performance. This is a huge war chest for the BJP ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Now, the question which arises and which is murky as well is who is the treasurer of the BJP? For the past few years, the BJP has very conveniently ignored to disclose the party treasurer in its mandatory declarations to the Election Commission.
The picture above is from BJP’s audited returns for 2016-17. First, there is an indecipherable signature and instead of the party’s treasurer’s signature, the returns are signed ‘for treasurer’ meaning, somebody else has signed on behalf of the treasurer. This also raises question over the role of the EC as to why has it not raised this issue yet. It is supposed to regulate and audit the working of political parties, apart from conducting elections, then why has it not considered it important enough to inquire about as to who the BJP treasurer is.
Also, if one goes to the official site of the BJP, there also the name of the treasurer is missing. The page titled ‘National Treasurer of BJP’ has been left blank.
Even former CEC S.Y. Qureshi said that the BJP’s declaration to the EC was wrong and that instead of accepting it, it should have issued notice to them instructing them to declare the name of the party treasurer.
This also shows the dominance of the BJP-led NDA government over independent institutions, which in the previous governments enjoyed their independence and their right to question government.
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