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EC Releases Fresh Electoral Bonds Data With Unique Numbers To Match Donors With Parties

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New Delhi: The Election Commission published the complete electoral bond data on its website on Thursday. The ECI released the data submitted by the State Bank of India as per the orders of the Supreme Court. The fresh data includes alpha-numeric numbers that can help match the purchasers of the bonds with the political parties that encashed them.

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The details of redemption by political parties include the serial number, date of encashment, name of the political party, last four digits of the account number, prefix, bond number, denomination, pay branch code and pay teller.

According to the data released, Megha Engineering, the Reliance affiliate Qwik Supply Chain, MKJ Enterprises, and Vedanta are among the top donors to the ruling BJP under the electoral bond scheme.

As per reports, Qwik Supply Chain Private Ltd, a company associated with the Reliance group, has emerged as the third-largest donor to political parties through electoral bonds, having purchased bonds worth ₹410 crore between 2021-22 and 2023-24. The company has reportedly donated Rs 385 crore to the BJP and Rs 25 crore to the Shiv Sena. Qwik Supply Chain Private Ltd is registered at Navi Mumbai’s Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City (DAKC).

Future Gaming and Hotel Services, in its purchase of electoral bonds worth ₹1,368 crore, allocated 39.6% (₹542 crore) of the total to the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). Following closely behind, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) received ₹503 crore (36.7%), while the YSR Congress Party received ₹154 crore (11.2%). While BJP received ₹100 crore (7.3%) from the firm.

MEIL made significant donations totaling ₹584 crore to the BJP, constituting 60% of its donation. Following this, MEIL allocated ₹195 crore to the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (20%) and ₹85 crore to the DMK (8.8%).

Its subsidiary, Western UP Power Transmission Company, Ltd., donated ₹110 crore to the Indian National Congress (INC), and ₹80 crore to the BJP. Haldia Energy purchased bonds worth ₹281 crore for the AITC and ₹81 crore for the BJP. Vedanta, Ltd. donated ₹226 crore to the BJP, along with ₹104 crore to the INC.

Keventer Food Park Infra, Ltd., MKJ Enterprises, Ltd., and Madanlal, Ltd., all registered with the same address in Kolkata and with at least one director in common, jointly donated ₹573 crore. Among this, 60% (₹346 crore) was directed to the BJP, while 21% (₹121 crore) went to the INC.

Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court had directed SBI to disclose all electoral bond details, including the unique identification code, by March 21. It had then asked the Election Commission to upload the details upon receipt from the SBI.

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