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Congress faces financial crisis ahead of 2019 general election

New Delhi: The failure of Congress party against the Bhartiya Janta Party has indirectly affected its preparations for the upcoming 2019 general elections. According to sources, the national party is a severe financial crisis.

A Party source who requested not to reveal his identity said that from the past five months, the senior Congress leadership has stopped sending the funds required to run its offices in various states. Meanwhile, the Congress party has urged its member to step up and contribute towards the party also has asked the officials to cut expense.

Divya Spandana, Congress Social Media Chief said that “We don’t have money, compared with  BJP the Congress party is not getting much funding via electoral bonds -a new method for the cash donation to political parties — which may force Congress to opt for more online crowdsourcing to raise money.

According to Association for Democratic Reforms, the Congress earned one-fourth of the funds than BJP in the financial year ended March 2017. The BJP declared an income of 10.34 billion rupees ($152 million) during this period, an increase of 81 percent from a year ago. While the Congress received 2.25 billion rupees, a drop of 14 percent from previous year.

Jagdeep Chhokar, founder, and trustee of the Association for Democratic Reforms said without campaign funds, Congress will face considerable hardship going into 2019. “A party that does not have money will be at a disadvantage in Indian elections.”

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