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Shiv Sena is in power, yet its 2019-20 donations are 20% less than what it got as BJP ally

Shiv Sena got Rs 105.64 cr through donations in 2019-20, while the previous year it received Rs 130.96 cr. BJP saw its earnings rise marginally — to Rs 785.77 cr from Rs 741.98 cr.
A 3-D image of the proposed Ram Mandir at Ayodhya | By special arrangement

‘Don’t donate silver bricks’, Ram Mandir trust tells donors as bank lockers run out of space

Ram Mandir trust members say they have received more than 400 kg of silver bricks so far, and cash donations of over Rs 1,600 crore.
File image of senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal | Photo: ANI

Kapil Sibal donated Rs 3 cr to Congress in 2019-20, Sonia Gandhi Rs 50,000 & Rahul Rs 54,000

Congress has declared to EC that it received Rs 139 crore in 2019-20, of which Rs 31 crore came from Prudent Electoral Trust, backed by Bharti Airtel.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP got Rs 185 crore in donations since 2012 — 75% from outside Delhi

AAP fortunes have fluctuated in past 7 years, with the party receiving a high of Rs 54.14 cr as donations in 2014-15 and a low of Rs 2.02 cr in 2012-13.
A garden feature shaped like a lotus, the emblem of the the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is seen in the courtyard of the party's headquarters in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. While the BJP has already moved into its newly-built, swanky, high-walled headquarters in New Delhi, the new office of the Congress party is still under construction due to a lack of funds, said the party leader. Congress earned one-fourth of the funds than BJP in the financial year ended March 2017. Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Now we know who is behind the massive funding gap between BJP and Congress: the corporates

BJP’s rise in capturing more than 80 per cent of total donations and Congress’s decline are linked to how they tapped corporate money.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Silvasa, Dadra & Nagar Haveli | PTI

Modi says Opposition has money power, but BJP earned double that of Congress since 2013

Between 2013 and 2018, BJP’s total declared income was Rs 4,276 crore. Comparatively, the Congress reported an income of Rs 1,877 crore.
BJP president Amit Shah

BJP received 13 times more political donations than other 6 national parties combined

Of Rs 469.89 crore in donations above Rs 20,000 in 2017-18, BJP got Rs 437.04 crore and the remaining six managed a mere Rs 32.83 crore.
Manual Scavenging

Twitter users raise Rs 24 lakh for family of deceased Delhi sewage worker

Donation began after a photo of the 37-year-old worker’s son next to his corpse was widely shared on Twitter.
Supreme Court judge Justice Kurian Joseph and singer Mohit Chauhan perform during at the event | Ravi Choudhary/Twitter

2 Supreme Court judges perform on stage to raise funds for Kerala flood victims

Singer Mohit Chauhan croons a number songs as Justices Kurian Joseph and K.M. Joseph sing solos in Hindi, English and Malayalam.
Kerala floods

Kerala may have to wait until June 2019 for full flood financial package

According to existing guidelines on disaster relief funds, the centre releases the amount in each financial year in two instalments in June and December.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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