Miss­ing in a(u)ction on D-Day

Some of those who had milked the run-up for pub­lic­ity, claim­ing to be part of the bid­ding war for the prime prop­er­ties, failed to turn up

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SWAMI Chakra­pani, pres­i­dent of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Ma­hasabha who had milked the hype sur­round­ing the Da­wood Ibrahim prop­erty auc­tion, stat­ing that he was go­ing to build a pub­lic toi­let af­ter ac­quir­ing ho­tel Rau­naq Afroz, was con­spic­u­ous by his ab­sence yes­ter­day.

He had said the toi­let would be “el­e­gant and free of cost to the pub­lic”, dur­ing the run-up to the auc­tion.

A call to the Swami evinced a curt an­swer. “I am in Luc­know,” he said, be­fore hang­ing up.

Even Dr Indira Ti­wari, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sec­re­tary gen­eral and “work­ing pres­i­dent”, as she calls her­self, said over the phone, “We are not bid­ding for the prop­er­ties. I am cur­rently in Chi­trakoot (MP). I was there for cam­paign­ing, help­ing the Congress can­di­date de­feat BJP’s in the Assem­bly by­poll.”

When asked why the Hindu Ma­hasabha was ab­sent from the auc­tion af­ter shout­ing about be­ing bid­ders, Ti­wari waf­fled on about a “de­lay in de­po­si­tion”, which ap­par­ently re­sulted in them not mak­ing it for it.

In 2015, when Da­wood’s ho­tel Rau­naq Afroz had gone un­der the ham­mer at an auc­tion in a Co­laba ho­tel, the Swami and Dr Ti­wari had cre­ated a saf­fron stir on ar­riv­ing, with the for­mer com­plete in or­ange robes.

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Swami Chakra­pani at the auc­tion two years ago.

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