Odisha’s ruling BJD redeemed electoral bonds worth Rs 944.5 Cr: ECI data

Bhubaneswar: Ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha encashed a total of electoral bonds worth around Rs 944.5 Crore. However, the party received electoral bonds worth around Rs 244 Crore between July 3, 2018 and April 5, 2019, Election Commission of India (ECI) data revealed today.

Electoral bond details after April 2019 were recently made public by the ECI. The Commission today uploaded second list of data on its website on the now-scrapped electoral bonds received from different political parties, as per an interim order of the Supreme Court, which it had submitted to the apex court in sealed covers.

Notably, the data includes issue dates, denominations, number of bonds, and issuing branch of SBI. After the Supreme Court’s registry returned physical copies, the EC uploaded the data to its website.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received the highest amount of funds at nearly Rs 6,986.5 Crore.

BJD is the fourth-largest recipient at Rs 944.5 Crore, followed by DMK at Rs 656.5 Crore. YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh is in third place redeeming electoral bonds worth around Rs 442.8 Crore.

Similarly, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) data mentioned that BJD received around Rs 766 Crore through 861 electoral bonds between April 12, 2019 and February 15, 2024.

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