BJP offers rival MLAs Rs 100 crore each in Karnataka to join party, help form Govt

Kumaraswamy has accused the BJP of offering ₹100 crore to some of its party members and MLAs to join the party.

Speaking at the Janata Dal Legislative Party meeting, Mr. Kumaraswamy warned the BJP that if it tried ‘Operation Lotus’ once more it would backfire.

“If the BJP indulges in horse trading I will not sit quiet. I am not a Sanyasi to keep quiet and watch the proceedings,” he said. “I would like to tell the Governor that he should not allow horse trading.”

Union Mininister Prakash Javadekar dismissed Mr. Kumaraswamy’s charge that BJP was offering ₹100 crore to lure its MLAs, calling it “imaginary.”

Meanwhile, outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading. “We have 117 MLAs. Governor has to give the opportunity to us (JD(S)-Congress combine) to form the government,” he said.

“We want to thank people for their support. People don’t want BJP in Karnataka,” he adds. “JD(S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. Where is this black money coming from? They are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials?”, “BJP is misusing its power. They are distorting democratic principles. Operation Kamala is an example of this,” he said.

“BJP is desperate to come to power. Me or my party, are not power hungry”, says Kumaraswamy. “We (JDS and Congress) have more numbers than the halfway mark. BJP are nine seats shorter than needed,” he adds. “Forget ‘Operation Kamal’ being successful, there are people who are ready to leave BJP&come with us. If you try to poach one from ours, we’ll do the same & take double from you. I’m also telling the Governor to not take any decision which encourages horse-trading,” he said.

“BJP has also made an offer. If I side with them, the majority will be 140. But I feel responsible that I have already caused a dot in my father’s political career already because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 and 2005,” said Kumaraswamy. He also accused the BJP of working against secular fabric of the country. “I didn’t ask for the CM post, the Congress have offered me unconditional support,” the JDS leader said.

Meanwhile in a recent new update, BS Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as the new Karnataka CM at 9.30am on Thursday with Karnataka Governor Valubhai Vala inviting the BJP to form the government first, ahead of the other claimant – the JDS-Congress combine. The BJP will have to prove its majority in a floor test. Yeddyurappa had sought seven days for it. The governor took the decision after consulting with former Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, who favoured inviting the single largest party first, in this case the BJP.

The JDS and Congress had met the governor at the Raj Bhavan in the evening when Vala had assured he will consult legal experts and consider the precedents of Goa and Manipur. The JDS-Congress combine has 117 MLAs, well clear of the magic mark. The Congress is expected to address a press conference soon. The party has previously said that it would move the Supreme Court if denied the chance to form the government first.

Parrikar will need at least 2.5 months complete bed rest on returning to Goa: US doctors

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing medical treatment in the United States, said in a recent video message that he will return to his home state in the next few weeks. The video message was played at a BJP workers’ meeting addressed by party president Amit Shah.

However, IndiaScoops.com spoke to the doctors attending to Parrikar in the US. “The doctors are of the opinion that Parrikar will need at least 60 to 80 days of complete bed rest even if he chooses to return to Goa on completion of chemotherapy. We will definitely not advise him (Parrikar) to undertake any strenuous activity and not even travel. He is advised to stay at home only and take complete bed rest for at least 60 days. His body needs to heal naturally and it takes time. I would ideally recommend 90 days of complete bed rest,” the head of the department told IndiaScoops.com.

Parrikar is undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at a hospital in the US, where he was admitted in the first week of March after being treated at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, reports India Today.

“My treatment is moving along successfully and I am confident that in the next few weeks I will be able to be there with you in full-swing,” Parrikar stated in the video message.

According to India Today, Parrikar appeared in the video in his trademark half sleeves shirt and detachable spectacles. He looked fresh and lost a lot of weight. His hair was intact despite undergoing a series of chemo-therapies.

He appealed to party workers to start work for the Lok Sabha election due next year. “We have to ensure that BJP wins both seats. We have to work to retain the Narendra Modi-led government in power,” he said.

Political observers believe the BJP has killed two birds with one stone through the video message. It has sent out a clear message that Parrikar, the state’s tallest BJP leader, is getting ready to be active in politics again.

Meanwhile, churches and temples across the State of Goa have organised prayer services and prayer meetings for their CM. Even the Archbishop of Goa, Daman & Diu remembered the CM in a prayer service and called upon the congregation to pray for the speedy recovery of the ailing Parrikar. Goa has a sizable Christian population which is over 30 per cent.

IndiaScoops.com wishes Manohar Parrikar a speedy recovery…

with inputs from India Today & agencies

BJP has pumped in over 15 lakh fake Voter ID cards into Karnataka: Cong

Congress leaders from Karnataka have accused the BJP of printing and circulating over 15 lakh ‘fake’ voter ID cards into the State with a view to manipulate the voting process.

The fake ID cards are printed in Maharashtra and have been brought into Karnataka over the last 2-3 weeks, to ensure ‘fake’ voting for BJP candidates, Congress leaders alleged. This allegation comes even as authorities seized nearly 10,000 fake voter ID cards from a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly constituency in Karnataka on Monday.

Congress leaders from Karnataka who spoke to IndiaScoops.com claimed that along with fake VOTER ID CARDS, Kannada and Konkani speaking people who are now domiciled in Maharashtra and Goa and having voting  rights and cards of constituencies in different pockets of Maharashtra and Goa, are being brought into Karnataka on the sly over the last one month. They are being paid Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 to come to Karnataka, stay in the State for 10-15 days and cast their vote for the BJP. Fake election voter ID cards are being provided to them, a senior Congress leader alleged.

Meanwhile, a massive controversy rocked Karnataka after nearly 10,000 “fake” voter ID cards were seized from a flat in Rajrajeshwari Assembly seat, prompting the BJP to demand countermanding of the election claiming Congress was behind the racket, a charge dismissed by the latter as a “lie”. With just three days left before Karnataka goes to poll, the BJP and Congress, the two main contenders for power, went after each other’s jugular, each claiming the flat belonged to a woman associated with the rival party. Addressing a press conference, Union minister Prakash Javadekar claimed Congress candidate and sitting MLA Munirathna Naidu was behind the alleged racket, which was exposed by BJP worker Rakesh.

Congress spokesman Rajdeep Singh Surjawala hit right back, alleging that the flat owner Manjula Nanjamari and Rakesh had BJP connections and both contested Bengaluru Municipal Corporation elections on the tickets of the saffron party.

Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar had called a press conference last midnight where he said besides the cards, form 6A (application for inclusion of name in electoral roll by an overseas elector) with counterfoils were found. He said that the colour in the counterfoil appeared unusual, and that an inquiry was on. Javadekar said thousands of fake cards with hologram, lamination machines, and computers were seized by police after BJP workers informed it about the racket, and demanded a thorough forensic inquiry.

Fraudster Nirav Modi’s Friends Contribute Nearly Rs 100 Cr for BJP Karnataka Poll Campaign

The BJP has received nearly Rs 100 crore in funds for the Karnataka poll campaign from Nirav Modi’s friends, (Read Here) who are still in regular touch with the BJP top brass in Delhi.

Several top BJP leaders are in  constant and regular touch with Nirav Modi’s diamond industry friends both in India and abroad, who started a ‘donation drive’ for the BJP party to support its Karnataka campaign and have collected over Rs 100 crore in the last 3 months. (Read Here).  Most these funds are being used to fund the BJP’s online and social media campaigns targeted at the  Karnataka polls.

The payments are being made to Facebook and Twitter from bank accounts abroad and the money does not even come to India. The Election Commission of India has no access to these financial details, most of them are funded from secret tax havens. Sources privy to these secret deals claim that nearly Rs 100 crore has been pumped into the system from abroad, or directly paid to entities abroad to run online and social media campaigns in favor of the BJP and support its Karnataka campaign efforts.

Do you know why scammer Nirav Modi and some of his other scamster friends will never be arrested or cases against him never pursued aggressively by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Center? The answer is very simple!

Nirav Modi was and still is one of the BJP party’s main fund raisers. He directly and indirectly contributed Rs 250 crore to the BJP coffers over the last 4 years, since January 2014 and helped fund the BJP poll campaign blitz in 2014 that saw the party come to a landslide victory. Unofficial sources claim that Nirav Modi and his cronies contributed over Rs 300 crore in all to the BJP and still continue to fund the BJP’s poll campaigns across the country.

According to one senior politician, “The BJP’s National IT cell which boasts of over 2000 full-time IT professionals is funded by Nirav Modi’s gang of scamsters who have defrauded several banks and collectively siphoned off over Rs 30,000 crore over the last 3-4 years.”

It may be recalled that the Shiv Sena party has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rs 11,300-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The Sena in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana had alleged that Nirav Modi, who is at the centre of the scandal, had been a ‘partner’ of the BJP and helped it collect funds for elections.

Senior Sena leaders who spoke to IndiaScoops.com in Mumbai claimed that Nirav Modi directly and indirectly contributed Rs 250 crore to the BJP coffers over the last 4 years, since January 2014 and helped fund the BJP poll campaign blitz in 2014 that saw the party come to a landslide victory. Sena leaders were openly critical of the Prime Minister and his handling of the economy, stating that the big con men have got away easily, but the poor are burdened with taxes and levies.

Sena leaders took pains to point out that Nirav Modi along with about 5-6 other businessmen were instrumental in bankrolling the BJP party since 2014, since the party projected Narendra Modi as the PM candidate and launched a multi-crore media campaign. Modi was the one who struck the deal with these 5-6 businessmen and top industrialists including Adani, Ambani and others to fund the BJP campaign, promising them massive sops if he became the PM, claimed Sena leaders in Mumbai.

BJP hires more than 5000 IT professionals pan-India for final Karnataka Election online salvo

The BJP party and its National IT cell has hired over 5000 IT and social media professionals on a pan-India basis for a massive final online salvo against its opponents, particularly the Congress in a run-up to the Karnataka elections.

It must be mentioned here that this additional workforce of over 5000 skilled professionals is in addition to the already existing huge IT team that the BJP party employs and even pays for. For its online and social media campaign for the Karnataka elections, IndiaScoops.com has learnt that the BJP has employed well over 25,000 dedicated IT workers all over India, who are working day and night to promote the BJP ideology, PM Narendra Modi’s initiatives and  and counter the Congress digital offensive.

According to reliable sources in the BJP IT cell, the additional army of  about 5000 workers has started working since the 1st week of May and will continue till 12th May for a period of 10 to 12 days. Most of them (who are not from the State) are working from their own homes, using their own hardware and infrastructure, while about 10 per cent of this workforce is stationed at Election Offices of the various BJP candidates across the State.

Initially, during the last week of April, an over-confident BJP IT team was taken aback with the Congress IT cell’s online blitzkrieg, led by former actress and Congress MP and now Congress IT cell head Divya Spandana aka Ramya. Spandana’s team unleashed a massive volley of digital posts that outsmarted the BJP online.

Stunned by the onslaught, the BJP top brass led by Amit Shah and Narendra Modi decided on the acquisition of an additional, emergency IT work force to supplement and complement the efforts of the existing BJP IT cell.  The new army does not report to the main boss Amit Malviya, but instead follows his footsteps from a discrete distance. In fact, till about a few days ago, Malviya himself was not aware of the existence of a new digital army. Modi and Shah wanted the new army to work completely independent of Malviya’s team and do their own work, silently and secretly.

The techies are being paid Rs 1500 to Rs 3500 per day, depending on their capability and hours of work. Super professionals or online campaign managers who are tasked with the job of motivating and co-ordinating with others in their teams are being paid Rs 5000 per day. Each individual is expected to work a minimum of 8 to 10 hours per day from home using his or her own laptop (or computer) and internet connection. There are at least 200 new Photoshop experts who are tasked with the job of creating digital memes and digital posters or designs praising the work of the BJP government in states where it is in power.

This army of digital professionals creates new, fake Facebook IDs, Pages, Groups and Twitter handles and share the posts and tweets emanating from official BJP sources and IT cell members. Each member has also been tasked with the job of creating a fake Facebook and Twitter ID and roping in friends (and friends of friends)  from his/her own friend list and then anonymously influencing them using digital tools, to vote for the BJP.

With the Karnataka Assembly elections just days away, on 12 May, the election campaigns of various political parties have gained momentum in the state and all parties are leaving no stone upturned to win the race.

The state is crucial for the Congress as Karnataka is one of the party’s last bastions. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is vying for a comeback in the state after it was defeated by the Congress in the 2013 Assembly elections in Karnataka. Faced with dwindling prospects in Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is also eyeing a victory in the upcoming elections in Karnataka.

According to a post in The National Herald (NH), the battle for votes in Karnataka is being fought at many levels. On the ground it is an epic clash between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. In cyberspace a proxy war is waging between the two national parties led by two lesser-known warriors—Amit Malviya and Divya Spandana, the brains behind the social media attack forces of the BJP and the Congress. The sheer ferocity of the online combat is almost incredible. It is almost a non-stop carnage in the sky with unrestrained verbal allegations aimed at influencing the voters, says the NH.

But the Congress is still lagging far behind. The BJP has thousands of workers that outnumber the Congress team several times over. For every one Congress cyber warrior, the BJP has 5. The ratio of Congress to BJP cyber warriors as of today is 1:5.  Maybe, as the BJP is ruling in several States and has huge coffers and almost unlimited funds, it can afford to pay many more workers than the Congress can. But Rahul Gandhi and his core team must somehow find the funds to pay thousands of cyber professionals if he wants to win the cyber war against the BJP. Numbers count. Even if you run paid campaigns on social media, without actual or physical clicks, the campaigns won’t take off.

Unlike campaign rallies on the ground by candidates and leaders, the cyber war may be silent and invisible, but the impact is tangible and undeniable. The novelty factor of virtual world warfare makes it difficult to measure by conventional yardsticks. But the general impression is that the Congress is winning the Twitter war, whereas the BJP is still ahead in the WhatsApp platform.

On Facebook the latest indications are that the Spandana army has gained the upper hand over the Malviya brigade, claims the National Herald. What is really new about the high-tech warfare is that back in 2014 it was one-sided, with the Congress presence on social media virtually non-existent.

But this time is so different that that BJP party bosses are said to be sorely disappointed with Malviya and his team and are even thinking of a major re-staffing after the Karnataka elections to put up a better performance on the road to 2019. Is Malviya going to be kicked out after the Karnataka Elections? Watch this space for more…

BJP IT cell has over 300 members, 20K Facebook pages and 300 fake news portals, claims former member

New Delhi: In a startling revelation, a former BJP IT cell member has claimed that the whole BJP IT cell operates from the BJP head office 24 Ashoka Road, where around 300 people work, who perpetuate the propaganda and add fake content through the fake accounts, which later gets shared through the Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.

Talking to YouTuber Dhruv Raathi, 27-year-old former IT cell member of BJP, Mahavir, hailing from Rajasthan said he worked in BJP IT Cell from 2012 to 2015, for which he was being paid 30 thousand rupees and facilitated with accommodation, food, travelling expense, internet connection etc.

Further elaborating Mahavir said that BJP spreads the false propaganda through social media to polarize the people, which later converts into the vote bank. He also confessed that he was responsible to spread the false propaganda after which a communal clash happened in Nagor district during 2012.

Mahavir exposed the strategy adopted by BJP IT cell, wherein they create famous fan pages on social media with trending names like ‘I support Indian Army’. A similar account named ‘I support Narendra Modi’  has around 15 million fan following and there are around 20 thousand such pages and over 300 fake news portal operated by the BJP IT cell workers.

According to his claim, the top 150 members of BJP IT cell get an opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister.

On the question regarding his responsibility in the IT Cell, Mahavir said, his main job was to ‘troll’ by adding the controversial terms like ‘Dalit‘, ‘Hindu‘ and ‘Musalman‘ in the content of the news, irrespective of the topic, that would provoke people.

Mahavir said both the Congress and BJP adopt the same policy and own their separate IT cells. “Congress always does the politics of fear; while BJP polarized the people on the basis of religion and caste” he added.

source: muslimmirror.com

BJP has highest number of candidates with Criminal Records in Karnataka

New Delhi: According to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), BJP occupies the first position in giving tickets to candidates with a criminal background in the forthcoming Karnataka assembly elections. ADR is a non-governmental organisation which works in the area of electoral and political reforms.

According to an article in The Wire, the ADR released the report after analysing the affidavits filed by 2,560 candidates. The analysis of affidavits has revealed that 391 candidates have criminal cases registered against them, stated Outlook.

“Among major parties, 83 (37%) out of 224 candidates from BJP, 59 (27%) out of 220 candidates analysed from Indian Nataional Congress, 41 (21%) out of 199 candidates analysed from Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)], five (20%) out of 25 candidates analysed from Janata Dal (United) [JD (U)], five (19%) out of 27 candidates analysed from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and 108 (10%) out of 1,090 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits,” the report said.

“There are 254 (10%) candidates who have declared serious criminal cases registered against themselves, four candidates have declared case related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section 302) against themselves, and 25 candidates have declared cases related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-307) against themselves,” said the report, adding that “23 candidates have declared cases related to crime against women.”

Those constituencies which which have three or more candidates with declared criminal cases are considered Red Alert constituencies by the ADR. There are 56 (25%) red alert constituencies in the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections, the report added. It also says that around 35% of the candidates who were analysed ((883 out of 2,560) are crorepati.

Among major parties, 208 (93%) out of 224 candidates from BJP, 207 (94%) out of 220 candidates analysed from Indian National Congress, 154 (77%) out of 199 candidates analysed from JD(S), 13 (52%) out of 25 candidates analysed from JD(U), nine (33%) out of 27 candidates analysed from AAP and 199 (18%) out of 1,090 independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs one crore.

The average assets per candidate contesting in the Karnataka elections is Rs 7.54 crore. The average assets per candidate for 224 BJP candidates is Rs 17.86 crore, 220 Indian National Congress candidates have average assets of Rs 38.75 crore, 199 JD(S) candidates analysed have average assets worth Rs 20.91 crore, and 1,090 independent candidates have average assets of Rs. 1.58 crore.

Kolar district tops the ‘Red Alert’ list of constituencies, with six candidates facing criminal charges.

As regards educational qualifications, a report in the Hindu said that as many as 1,351 candidates have, in their affidavits, declared their educational qualification to be between Class V pass and Class XII pass.

Nirav Modi contributed over Rs 250 crore to BJP, funded BJP poll Advertisements and Social Media campaign

Wanted scammer Nirav Modi contributed over Rs 250 crore to the BJP party fund and funded BJP poll advertisements and online paid social media campaigns, particularly on Facebook and Twitter a Mumbai-based political outfit has alleged.

It may be recalled that the BJP had spent nearly Rs 200 crore on paid social media campaigns alone in the past.

The Shiv Sena attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rs 11,300-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The Sena in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana alleged that Nirav Modi, who is at the centre of the scandal, had been a ‘partner’ of the BJP and helped it collect funds for elections.

Sena leaders claimed that Nirav Modi was in direct contact with Amit Shah and Narendra Modi over the last 3-4 years and both Shah and Modi were in the know of things going on at Nirav Modi’s firms, but ignored the wrongdoings as Nirav Modi was the party’s main fund raiser among the diamond trading community.

Senior Sena leaders who spoke to IndiaChimes.com in Mumbai claimed that Nirav Modi directly and indirectly contributed Rs 250 crore to the BJP coffers over the last 4 years, since January 2014 and helped fund the BJP poll campaign blitz in 2014 that saw the party come to a landslide victory. Sena leaders were openly critical of the Prime Minister and his handling of the economy, stating that the big con men have got away easily, but the poor are burdened with taxes and levies.

Sena leaders took pains to point out that Nirav Modi along with about 5-6 other businessmen were instrumental in bankrolling the BJP party since 2014, since the party projected Narendra Modi as the PM candidate and launched a multi-crore media campaign. Modi was the one who struck the deal with these 5-6 businessmen and top industrialists including Adani, Ambani and others to fund the BJP campaign, promising them massive sops if he became the PM, claimed Sena leaders in Mumbai.

Nirav Modi Has Been BJP’s Partner, Helped Raise Poll Funds, Alleges Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the multi-crore-rupee Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and alleged that celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi, who is at the centre of the scandal, had been a “partner” of the BJP and helped it collect funds for elections. (Read Here). Nirav Modi also contributed nearly Rs 300 crore to the BJP from his friends and own funds.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party, a BJP ally, said PM Modi’s promise of putting an end to corruption in the country, highlighted through his slogan “na khaunga, na khane dunga”, was in tatters after the alleged fraudulent transactions of Rs. 11,400 crore at the nationalised bank came to light.

Companies linked to Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choski 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 Saamna said it would not allege that the diamond merchant had plundered the country with the blessings of BJP leaders.

However, there were many such people like Nirav Modi who had been helping the BJP increase its wealth and win elections, the party alleged.

“PM Modi’s election slogan of na khaunga, na khane dunga 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?” it asked.

The Sena organ also said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) swung into action and sealed Nirav Modi’s properties only after the billionaire jewellery designer had left the country.

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

“The talks of a corruption-free India and transparent government have been laid bare in just three years. Farmers are committing suicide as they cannot repay their debts of Rs. 100-Rs. 500, but here people have absconded (after swindling) lakhs of crores,” it said.

The Sena added that the NDA government was being run on advertisements and social media promoted posts, on which thousands of crores were being spent.

The Thackeray-led party is a member of the BJP-led governments in Maharashtra and at the centre.

However, it had been critical of the Modi government over its policy decisions in the past as well.

Why scamster Nirav Modi will never be arrested by Narendra Modi’s BJP Govt?

Do you know why scammer Nirav Modi and some of his other scamster friends will never be arrested or cases against him never pursued aggressively by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Center? The answer is very simple!

Nirav Modi was and still is one of the BJP party’s main fund raisers. He directly and indirectly contributed Rs 250 crore to the BJP coffers over the last 4 years, since January 2014 and helped fund the BJP poll campaign blitz in 2014 that saw the party come to a landslide victory. Unofficial sources claim that Nirav Modi and his cronies contributed over Rs 300 crore in all to the BJP and still continue to fund the BJP’s poll campaigns across the country. The BJP has received nearly Rs 100 crore in funds for the Karnataka poll campaign from Nirav Modi’s friends, (Read Here) who are still in touch with the BJP top brass in Delhi.

According to one senior politician, “The BJP’s National IT cell which boasts of over 2000 full-time IT professionals is funded by Nirav Modi’s gang of scamsters who have defrauded several banks and collectively siphoned off over Rs 30,000 crore over the last 3-4 years.”

It may be recalled that the Shiv Sena party has attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rs 11,300-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The Sena in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana had alleged that Nirav Modi, who is at the centre of the scandal, had been a ‘partner’ of the BJP and helped it collect funds for elections.

Senior Sena leaders who spoke to IndiaScoops.com in Mumbai claimed that Nirav Modi directly and indirectly contributed Rs 250 crore to the BJP coffers over the last 4 years, since January 2014 and helped fund the BJP poll campaign blitz in 2014 that saw the party come to a landslide victory. Sena leaders were openly critical of the Prime Minister and his handling of the economy, stating that the big con men have got away easily, but the poor are burdened with taxes and levies.

Sena leaders took pains to point out that Nirav Modi along with about 5-6 other businessmen were instrumental in bankrolling the BJP party since 2014, since the party projected Narendra Modi as the PM candidate and launched a multi-crore media campaign. Modi was the one who struck the deal with these 5-6 businessmen and top industrialists including Adani, Ambani and others to fund the BJP campaign, promising them massive sops if he became the PM, claimed Sena leaders in Mumbai.

‘BJP’s partner’

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party, a BJP ally in Maharashtra, said the PNB scam had reduced to tatters Prime Minister Modi’s promise of putting an end to corruption in the country. The editorial said, “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 their elections.”

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

The editorial said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election slogan ‘Na khaunga, na khane dunga’ proved ineffective in this case. An FIR had been lodged against Nirav earlier. How did he then manage to go to Davos and meet PM Modi, along with other industrialists?”

The editorial said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) swung into action and sealed Nirav Modi’s properties only after he had left the country.

The editorial said that politicians like Chhagan Bhujbal and Lalu Prasad Yadav were behind bars in corruption cases, but liquor baron Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi have fled the country from right under the nose of the government.

It said, “Talks of a corruption-free India and transparent government have been laid bare in just three years. Farmers are committing suicide as they cannot repay their debts of Rs 100 and Rs 500, but here people have absconded [after swindling] lakhs of crores.”

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

“The talks of a corruption-free India and transparent government have been laid bare in just three years. Farmers are committing suicide as they cannot repay their debts of Rs. 100-Rs.500, but here people have absconded (after swindling) lakhs of crores,” it said.

Publicity blitz

The Sena said that the NDA government was being run on advertisements and thousands of crores had been spent on their publicity campaigns. Despite being a member of the BJP-led governments in Maharashtra and at the Centre, the Sena has been critical of the Modi government over several of its policy decisions.

Shiv Sena has alleged that Nirav Modi indirectly funded several of the BJPs private advertisement and social media campaigns and has contributed Rs 125 crore only for the BJP’s ad blitz over the last 3-4 years.

with inputs from PTI