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With national and large regional parties receiving the bulk of donations through electoral bonds, smaller and unrecognis­ed political parties largely responded with a ‘nil’ donation to election commission queries seeking informatio­n.

The communicat­ions were disclosed in full on Sunday. The analysis relies on these communicat­ions, along with earlier disclosure­s accessible in the public domain. A single party’s donations have resulted in an uptick in donations to unrecognis­ed parties. These are parties that do not have a reserved symbol because they are new or have not garnered sufficient votes in previous contests. They received zero contributi­ons between 2019 and 2021, compared to thousands of crores received by state and national parties.

This changed to ~2 crore in 2022. Another ~2 crore was received in 2023. The uptick in 2024 took it to ~21 crore. All the donations went to a single party.

The Jana Sena Party, founded by Pawan Kalyan, is headquarte­red in Telangana, and it accounts for all of the donations received by the ‘unrecognis­ed’ party segment.

An analysis of financial data available from tracker shows that the party’s assets grew from ~0.003 crore in 2014-15 to ~14.36 crore in 2019-20. The party was founded by Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan in 2014. It is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chandrabab­u Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

The share of unrecognis­ed parties in the overall electoral bonds segment, based on data disclosed so far by the election commission remains small. It accounts for ~21 crore or just 0.2 per cent of the total donations that parties garnered which was ~12,769 crore.

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Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena is contesting the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the BJP and TDP

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