'Conflict of interest to hand over Air India': Swamy sees red over Tata donation to BJP

BJP’s Rajyasabha member Subramanian Swamy has hit out at the Modi Government over the donations that the party received from the Tata Group-controlled Progressive Electoral Trust (PET).

Swami took to Twitter and called it a conflict of interest. He wrote, “So Tata donates an hefty amount to BJP. Thus it would be a conflict of interest to had over Air India to him.”

Swami, a finance ministry enthusiast, have openly criticized BJP’s policies and the ministers PM Modi’s cabinet including Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaramann and Minister of Railways and Commerce Piyush Goyal.

According to the latest annual contribution report submitted by political parties to the Election Commission (EC), corporates in India contributed a record of Rs 472 to BJP alone, of which 75%, a total of Rs 356 crore, came from the Tata Group-controlled Progressive Electoral Trust (PET) alone. While Congress received Rs 99 crore from four electoral trusts, of which 56%, a total of Rs 55.6 crore was given by PET.

The PET has also contributed to Trinamool Congress in the last financial year, although it had published zero contribution in the year 2017-18.

Prudent Electoral Trust, for which the Bharti Airtel Group is the biggest sponsor, paid Rs 67.25 crore to the BJP which is way less than its initial contribution of Rs 154 crore in 2017-18. The trust also contributed Rs 39 crore in 2018-19, 10 crores more than its last contribution in 2017-18.

Shiv Sena’s received amount came almost close to that of Congress with Rs 130.6 crore in 2018-19.

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