The Congress and the BJP Parties have been receiving huge amounts in funds from Anil Agarwal’s London-based Vedanta Group through its subsidiaries in India, raising questions from a civil society group over the alleged foreign funding of the political parties.
Between 2003-04 and 2011-12, three Vedanta Group firms – Sterlite Industries India Ltd, Sesa Goa Ltd and Solaries Holdings Ltd – have contributed a total of Rs 9.78 crore to the Congress.  During the same period, the BJP has been more fortunate, receiving a total of Rs 19.41 crore from two firms – Vedanta Madras Aluminium Ltd, Sesa Goa Ltd – and a curious entity called Public and Political Awareness Trust (which alone has given BJP Rs 14.50 crore), which has also been traced to be part of the Vedanta conglomerate.