BJP Brings Money Laun­der­ing Charges Against Sena, Again

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Our Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

Mum­bai: The gloves seem to be off as the Bhar­tiya Janata Party (BJP) on Mon­day claimed that Shiv Sena’s top lead­er­ship, in­clud­ing its president Ud­dhav Thack­eray, was in­volved in money laun­der­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. BJP MP from Mum­bai Kirit So­maiya on Mon­day named seven com­pa­nies which were be­ing used to laun­der money. He said that Sena’s top lead­er­ship had fi­nan­cial deal­ings with these com­pa­nies. “The Shiv Sena has made cer­tain al­le­ga­tions against me, so I have de­clared my prop­erty. Now, Ud­dhav Thack­eray should also do the same,” said So­maiya.

Ac­cord­ing to him, all the seven com­pa­nies are shell com­pa­nies and two of them have been stopped from trad­ing by mar­ket reg­u­la­tor Sebi. For­mer NCP min­is­ter Ch­ha­gan Bhu­jbal has also routed his money through these two com­pa­nies, claimed So­maiya. The BJP MP dared Ud­dhav to re­veal de­tails of his and his par­ty­men’s links with these com­pa­nies. “Let him say that he or any other leader has links or not with these com­pa­nies,” said So­maiya. The BJP MP said that he would re­veal more de­tails in the com­ing days if there was no re­sponse from the Sena on the al­le­ga­tions. In­ci­den­tally, this is not the first time that these com­pa­nies have been linked with the Sena. More than a year ago when So­maiya had first made al­le­ga­tions against NCP’s Ch­h­gan Bhu­jbal, he had named a few com­pa­nies in­volved in money laun­der­ing and linked Sena lead­er­ship with them. The Shiv Sena had then ex­pressed its dis­plea­sure to the BJP for hav­ing been dragged into the Bhu­jbal row. How­ever, now with the two al­lies de­cid­ing to go their sep­a­rate ways, the BJP has re­vived the ear­lier charges.

FRESH OF­FEN­SIVE: So­maiya

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