Dubbing liquor baron Vijay Mallya as an ‘economic terrorist’, the Shiv Sena on Friday lashed out at the Centre’s feeble policies saying they were not able to get their hands on a ‘white collar’ criminal while pledged to bring back wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim at the same time.
The party in its editorial mouthpiece Saamana also accused the Centre of allowing Mallya to flee to London. The newsletter read, “Iss desh ka aarthik aantanwadi hai jise kendra sarkar desh ke bahar bhagne diya (There is a financial terrorist in the country whom the Centre has allowed to flee the country)”.
“Those who cried hoarse when Lalit Modi fled the country should now give answers as to how Mallya fled the country. Even a kid would have known that Mallya would flee, surprising that government didn’t anticipate,” the party said in the editorial.
Slamming the Centre, the Shiv Sena said that they were not able to get their hands on a ‘while collar’ criminal while pledging to bring back wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim at the same time.
“The Centre has proudly told the Supreme Court that Vijay Mallya has left the country. How can an industrialist fly off the country by taking away 9,000 crores?” the edit asked.
Taking a jibe at the government for its policies, the edit said “the economic layer of the legal system of our country is very strong but it only allows people like Vijay Mallya to flee.”
“There are several politicians and officials who have have sought favours from Vijay Mallya. This is perhaps why such huge amount of loans were sanctioned to him. Now, he has fled the country with the help of these politicians,” the Sena said.
Also speaking on the rising farmer suicides in the country, the Shiv Sena explained how defaulters like Vijay Mallya, who is indebted of Rs 9,000 crore, is roaming free whereas debt-ridden farmers across the country are committing suicides.
The Sena in the mouthpiece added that it was clearly known to everybody but the government didn’t notice that.
“The intoxication of Mallya’s rich parties flows in the veins of everyone and they would respond only after the hangover,” it added.
Meanwhile, Mallya denied the allegations against him of fleeing out of India. Terming reports against him as “rubbish”, he claimed that he is a businessman and travels out of India frequently. “I am an international businessman. I travel to and from India frequently. I did not flee from India and neither am I an absconder. Rubbish,” he tweeted.