The details of finances of political parties in the country will be soon available on a new section on the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) website from February 12.

ADR, in association with National Election Watch (NEW), has got the IT returns of almost all national and State-level political parties through a process of filing Right to Information applications. These income tax reports and assessment orders are being scanned and will be uploaded on to the website soon, said Anil Bairwal, national co-ordinator, NEW.

The launch is likely to happen during the 7 {+t} {+h} national conference on ‘Electoral and Political Reforms' to be held at IIT Madras during February 12 and 13. Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi is expected to inaugurate the conference.

NEW, a nation-wide campaign, comprising over 1200 NGOs and citizen-led organisations working on electoral reforms, has, with this, stepped up the pressure on political parties demanding accountability from them.

Providing a preview of the scenario in Tamil Nadu, Sudarsan Padmanabhan, co-ordinator, Tamil Nadu Election Watch, said they had accessed the Contribution Reports, which contain the details of contributions received by political parties in amounts greater than Rs.20,000, of the DMK, AIADMK, and MDMK.

While the total voluntary contribution received by the DMK during 2008-2009 was Rs.1.65 crore, it had come from only three contributors who had paid in excess of Rs.20,000.

The AIADMK showed a total contribution from 2006- 2007 to 2008-2009 as Rs.32 lakh, with five contributors who had paid in excess of Rs.20,000.

Of the 54 crorepati MLAs analysed in Tamil Nadu, 31 are in DMK, 11 in Congress, 8 in AIADMK, and DMDK, VCK, Pattali PMK, and MDMK have one each.