Mumbai: Home appliances maker Videocon Industries appears to be the Shiv Sena’s biggest benefactor. The company, part of a $5 billion, Mumbai-headquartered group, accounted for all but a fraction of the donations which the Sena has disclosed to the Election Commission of India.
A total contribution of Rs 86.84 crore was shown as received by Sena from corporates and non-corporates in 2015-16. Of this, a whopping Rs 85 crore came from Videocon, controlled by industrialist Rajkumar Dhoot, who has represented Sena in the Rajya Sabha for three consecutive terms.
Last year too, Videocon had contributed to the Sena’s kitty, but the amount was relatively meagre: Rs 2.83 crore. This year, it has lavished funds on the Sena while donations to other parties have been slim. Videocon gave Rs 25 lakh to Sharad Pawar’s NCP. The statement listing contributions by corporates and non-corporates is available on the EC’s website.
As per section 139 of the Income Tax Act, on September 27, 2016, Shiv Sena secretary and Rajya Sabha member Anil Desai submitted a comprehensive statement before the Election Commission on contributions received by the party from corporates and non-corporates during financial year 2015-16. Desai’s statement is available on the EC’s website.
It shows that while the Congress, NCP and most regional parties have submitted statements, the BJP has not yet declared its list of donors. The Congress has declared a contribution of Rs 22 crore, while NCP has received Rs 71.78 lakh.
Apart from Videocon, most contributors to the NCP are senior leaders in the party, including legislative council chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar, former speaker Dilip Walse Patil, NCP treasurer Hemant Takle, former deputy chairman Vasant Davkhare and his son Niranjan, R R Patil’s widow Suman and son Pankaj Bhujbal. Their contributions ranged from Rs 25,000 to Rs 75,000.