AAP leader Preeti Sharma Menon launched a scathing attack against BJP for nominating Pravin Darekar and RN Singh for polls to State Legislative Council. Darekar is accused of embezzling 123 crores from Mumbai District Central Cooperative Bank of which he was Chairman. Interestingly the FIR against Pravin Darekar was filed by BJP Secretary Vivekanand Gupta as at that time the former was in MNS. Later Darekar quit MNS to join BJP and the entire scam investigation went into a “go-slow” mode.
On the other hand, RN Singh is Kripashanker Singh’s close confidant. The Enforcement Directorate is probing into the disproportionate assents held by Singh. R P Singh was named along with Kripashanker Singh’s wife, as a scamster who bought 105 acres of land in Ratnagiri for a paltry sum of Rs. 5.8 lakhs. Kripashanker is also known to have doled out 349 arms licenses out of which 102 went to his friend R N Singh. The BJP has nominated Singh as he has led the Uttar Bhartiya Sangh and can lure voters for the forthcoming BMC elections.
Preeti Sharma Menon said, “Aam Aadmi Party condemns this deal making of the BJP. We feel the stature to the Legislative Council will be diminished when such tainted candidates are nominated. BJP should withdraw the nominations of scam accused leaders.”
“The BJP seems to be totally bankrupt morally as well as in need of desperate funds – that’s why it clings on to the likes of Pravin Darekar, R P Singh and even Eknath Khadse and leaders who are embroiled in scams but are important to raise funds for the party from dubious sections and for vote banks,” she added.