BJP attacks Rahul Gandhi after Mallya retweeted his tweet

The BJP on Saturday took a dig at the Congress after fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya re-posted a tweet of Rahul Gandhi, terming it as support of a “maha thug” (big cheat) for a ‘maha gathbandhan’ (grand alliance).

“Rahul Gandhi has tweeted against PM Narendra Modi which was re-tweeted by the biggest defaulter of banks Vijay Mallya. It’s astonishing. The question that we all would like to ask Rahul Gandhi is ‘why Mr Mallya is endorsing you?,” BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra said.

“Vijay Mallya had been known as king of good times and recently he wrote a letter to PM claiming that today under strict policies of PM Modi he has been reduced to poster boy of bank default and he has become lightning rod of public anger,”

Earlier, Mallya, who has defaulted on bank loans running into thousands of crores, re-posted a tweet of the Congress chief, who denounced the Modi government over its black money claims and promises.

“2014, HE (Modi) said: I will bring back all the “BLACK” money in Swiss Banks & put 15 Lakhs in each Indian bank A/C. 2016, HE said: Demonetisation will cure India of “BLACK” money. 2018, HE says: 50% jump in Swiss Bank deposits by Indians, is “WHITE” money. No “BLACK” in Swiss Banks!” Gandhi had tweeted.

“Rahul Gandhi has tweeted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was retweeted by the biggest defaulter of banks Vijay Mallya. It is astonishing. The question that we all would like to ask Rahul Gandhi is ‘why Mr Mallya is endorsing you?” he said.

He added, “Rahul Gandhi under your tenure, Vijay Mallya had been known as the king of good times and recently he wrote a letter to PM claiming that today under strict policies of PM Modi he has been reduced to a poster boy of bank default and he has become the lightning rod of public anger.”

Continuing his tirade against the Congress President, Patra further asked Rahul that why Mallya is endorsing him by retweeting his tweet on the micr-blogging website.

he added. “Why is it that he sees his good days return under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership? Country is asking Rahul Gandhi today, has the ‘mahathag’ entered into an alliance in ‘mahagathbandhan”? Patra further said.

Mallya’s tweet comes minutes before a special anti-money laundering court asked him to appear before it on August 27. The summon was issued under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance which allows the law enforcing agencies to attach properties of economic offenders including bank defaulters or fraudsters fleeing the country.

Mallya owes Rs 9,990 crore to a consortium of 17 public sector banks. Earlier this week, the 62-year-old had said that he had requested the Karnataka High Court on June 22 to allow his firms to sell assets worth Rs 13,900 crore “under judicial supervision” to enable him to repay creditors including the banks who have already declared him a wilful defaulter.

The repay offer from Mallya came days after the Enforcement Directorate moved a special court to declare Vijay Mallya a fugitive economic offender.

Meanwhile, reacting to Mallya’s tweet, Shehzad Poonawalla, a rebel Congress leader from Maharashtra, said that it is like ‘Satan retweeting Judas’. “Doesn’t get more bizarre Vijay Mallya retweets Rahul Gandhi to target Narendra Modi on the black money issue. This is like Satan retweeting Judas on being righteous!!”

Mallya is facing a trial for the UK Court to rule if he can be extradited to India to face charges for financial irregularities involving a total amount of Rs 9,000 crore, as well as money laundering cases.

On a related note, Prime Minister Modi-led government in Centre is facing flak over a report claiming that Swiss banks reported 50 percent rise in Indian deposits in 2017 after declining for three successive years.

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