“I have been with (Kiranmoy) Nandaji for a long time. I was with him in his Socialist Party and when he shifted to the Samajwadi Party, I also came along with him.”
Nanda, also based in Kolkata, is the SP general secretary. At election time, he was often seen at the SP headquarters, causing party leaders to wonder about his role. It was suggested that Nanda was SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav’s pointman for the Left and Mamata Banerjee. Soon after the elections, the SP had sent Nanda to the Rajya Sabha.
Besides the Sen couple, the other big contributors to the SP in 2011-12 were Noida-based General Electoral Trust (Rs 1 crore); New Delhi-based Win Medicare Pvt Ltd (Rs 25 lakh); New Delhi-based GS Pharmabutor Pvt Ltd (Rs 25 lakh); Sanyal Enterprises, Ranaghat Nadia, West Bengal (Rs 25 lakh in three transactions); Amethi’s Gayatri Prasad Prajapati (Rs 25 lakh); and Rajesh Yadav from Ghaziabad (Rs 1 lakh).
Sudip Sen largest donor since 2003-04
In 2009-10, party received Rs 1.94 crore in the form of voluntary contributions of more than Rs 20,000 each from eight donations, the single largest was Rs 50 lakh.
In 2008-09, it received Rs 39.50 lakh from 157 contributors, the largest was Rs 50,000.
In 2007-08, Rs 11 lakh in three contributions, the largest Rs 10 lakh.
In 2006-07, Rs 3.57 lakh in nine contributions, the largest Rs 1.51 lakh.
In 2005-06, a single contribution of Rs 3.01 lakh.
In 2004-05, Rs 1.12 crore in six contributions, the largest Rs 60.94 lakh.
In 2003-04, Rs 1.22 crore in 26 contributions, the largest Rs 16.86 lakh.