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11 years in power, Nitish’s JD-U emerges as the richest among regional players in Bihar

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PATNA: The ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar has moved on the top among the regional party of Bihar in matter of income, according to a latest report issued by the Bihar Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms.

The agencies have come to the conclusion after a close analysis of income tax returns and statements filed with the Election Commission by these parties in the past 11 years—from 2004-05 to 2014-15.

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Although the RJD led by Lalu Prasad remains on the top in matter of wining number of seats, it remains much pooper in matter of funds.

As per the report, JD-U recorded an income of Rs 54.12 crore in the past 11 years. Strangely, out of its total income, Rs 38.78 crore has come from unknown sources. It first came to power in November 2005 with the help of the BJP.

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Similarly, the total income of RJD is Rs 22.52 crore including 5.8 crore from unknown sources whereas LJP which is headed by Ram Vilas Paswan has a total income of Rs 6.73 crore with a major chunk of Rs 4.87 crore coming from unknown sources.

The JD-U claimed it didn’t have ill-gotten money. “The party does not have ill-gotten money and that it has been routinely filing IT returns every year,” state JD-U president Vashishtha Narayan Singh told the media today.

The RJD state chief ram Chandra Purve, however, said they were getting details of how the agencies prepared the income report of political parties.

“We will respond only after getting complete details and analyzing the report,” said Purve.

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