Afroz Alam Sahil, BeyondHeadlines
New Delhi. Have you ever given a thought to why Bhartiya Janta Party opposed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail despite the fact that it could have benefitted farmers? Or why it made loud hue and cry about food prices hike?
Well, it may sound strange and vague but the documents received by BeyondHeadlines in reply to an RTI suggest that Vegetable companies are heavily funding Bhartiya Janta Party.
These are same vegetable companies that buy vegetables from farmers at very low rates and then sell them in market at relatively very higher rates. (Just see the difference between farm rates and market rates of any vegetable)The farmers who work in fields sell their hard earned crops to these vegetable companies or middleman at throw away prices.
In year 2009-10 more than ten vegetable companies including LT Foods Private Limited, Laxmi Alu Bhandar, India Vegetable Company, Darbar Vegetable Company, Nav Durga Vegetable Company, Satnam Tomato Trading Company, Jagdish Vegetables Company, SP Chips Potato Private Limited, Jai Kishan Cold Storage and others are have funded Bhartiya Janta Party. L T Foods has donated 10 lakh rupees while KIC Food productions donated 2 lakh. For the year 2010-11 BJP has not submitted its fund details to Election Commission of India.
But the question here is that why are vegetable companies funding heavily to Bhartiya Janta Party. On the Other Hand Congress too does not lack much behind in getting funds from food processing companies. Although No vegetable company has funded Congress Party.
The food companies which funded Congress include Bush Food Overseas Private Limited, Kohinoor Foods Limited, LT Foods Limited, Vee Tee fine Foods Limited and Harinagar Sugar Mills limited.
Interestingly, LT Foods Limited donated 10 lakh each to both Indian National Congress and Bhartiya Janta Party. This clearly suggests that companies fund political parties not because of their political thoughts but to get undue favors.
Well the Irony is that farmers are not rich enough to donate lakhs of rupees to these political parties. They can’t buy the much needed political voice of these parties to get benefits.
(This report is fifth in series of Political Parties and their funding, soon we will share information about funding of Other Parties)