Why Is The BJP Not Revealing How Much It Received in Electoral Bonds?

Nov 22, 2019, 11:04 AM
Rs 6,000 crore worth of electoral bonds were sold in the Financial Year 2018-19.

Annual audit reports filed by national and state political parties to the Election Commission and analysed by The Quint show that more than Rs 4,500 crore worth of electoral bonds could have gone to a single political party –– the ruling BJP.

Today, I am joined by Poonam Agarwal, who is Editor, Investigations, at The Quint, and has been investigating the electoral bonds scheme since it was introduced in

So, Poonam is the one who has analysed the annual audit reports, and is here to tell us all about it.

The Quint was the first media house to break this story and has been tracking it continuously for nearly two years now.

So, electoral bonds were introduced as a way to maintain a political donor’s anonymity, but we at The Quint found that they were far from anonymous and could be easily tracked because they had hidden numbers on them, which were ONLY visible under ultraviolet light.

Listen as Poonam breaks it down on this episode of The Big Story.

Editor & Host: Vishnu Gopinath

Guest: Poonam Agarwal, Head of Investigations, The Quint

Check out The Quint's complete coverage of electoral bonds
here.