NCP: Mopal­war spent Rs300cr on BJP in Nanded by­elec­tion

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

In a bold state­ment, Nawab Malik, spokesper­son of Na­tion­al­ist Con­gress Party (NCP), claimed that tainted bu­reau­crat Rad­heshyam Mopal­war poured Rs 300 crore in Nanded civic poll in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in an­tic­i­pa­tion, BJP will help him to free from charges against him. Mopal­war was di­vested from the post of man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRDC) over au­dio clip in which he was pur­port­edly heard fix­ing a deal of plot.

While ad­dress­ing the me­dia and NCP of­fice, Malik claimed that the state govern­ment has ap­pointed Pravin Pad­val, an of­fi­cer from In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice (IPS) as a mem­ber of Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) to probe Mopal­war to give Mopal­war clean chit.

Pad­val is son in law of Shyam Sun­der Shinde, re­tired bu­reau­crat who was can­di­date of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014 as­sem­bly poll from Nanded con­stituency. On the other hand, Shinde is brother in law of Pratap Chikha­likar, Shiv Sena leg­is­la­tor who was elec­tion in-charge of BJP. Chikha­likar rep­re­sents Loha con­stituency in Nanded district.

Malik said, “Mopal­war hails from Nanded and hence, he made set­tle­ment with Shinde and Chikha­likar and the state too ap­pointed IPS Pad­val to en­sure Mopal­war will be free from all al­le­ga­tions against him.” “The deal­ing was of Rs 300 crore and Mopal­war poured it in Nanded civic poll for the BJP,” Malik claimed. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Govern­ment res­o­lu­tion dated Septem­ber 25, 2017, the state govern­ment has re­placed Pad­wal by Raosa­heb Dat­ta­tray Shinde, ad­di­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner (Safety and Se­cu­rity).

Ashok Cha­van, pres­i­dent of Ma­ha­rash­tra Pradesh Con­gress com­mit­tee, with­out nam­ing Shinde and Mopal­war also al­leged that for­mer bu­reau­crat spent huge money in horse trad­ing in Nanded civic poll.

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