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Nirav a BJP partner: Sena

The Shiv Sena on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rs 11,400-crore Punjab National Bank scam and alleged that diamantaire Nirav Modi had been a "partner" of the BJP and had helped it collect funds for elections.

By PTI in Mumbai
  • Published 18.02.18
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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rs 11,400-crore Punjab National Bank scam and alleged that diamantaire Nirav Modi had been a "partner" of the BJP and had helped it collect funds for elections.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party, the BJP's oldest ally, said Modi's promise of putting an end to corruption, highlighted through his slogan " na khaoonga, na khane doonga", was in tatters after the alleged fraudulent transactions came to light.

Companies linked to Nirav and his uncle Mehul Choksi have come under the scanner after the scam surfaced.

"It has come to light that Nirav Modi left the country in January. However, he was seen with the Prime Minister in Davos just a few weeks ago (during the World Economic Forum). Nirav Modi has been a partner of the BJP and was at the forefront in helping the BJP collect funds for elections," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.

The Sena publication said it would not allege that the diamond merchant had plundered the country with the blessings of BJP leaders. However, there were many such Nirav Modis who had been helping the BJP increase its wealth and win elections, the Sena alleged.

"PM Modi's election slogan of na khaunga, na khane dunga has proved ineffective in this case. An FIR had been lodged against Nirav bhai earlier. How did he then manage to go to Davos and meet PM Modi, along with other industrialists?" Saamana asked.

The Sena mouthpiece pointed out that the Enforcement Directorate swung into action and sealed Nirav's properties only after the billionaire jeweller had left the country.

While politicians like Chhagan Bhujbal and Lalu Prasad were behind bars in corruption cases, liquor baron Vijay Mallya and Nirav fled the country from under the government's nose, the Marathi daily added.