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Modi running 'PM's mediation scheme' for industrialists: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Thursday hit back at over his "Michel mama" barb, claiming "mama" and the alleged middleman in the VVIP chopper deal were "business rivals".

Speaking to reporters here, former Union said had launched "Prime Minister's loot the country and run away" scheme for like

Reacting to Shinde's allegations, BJP said it was part of Congress' strategy of making "baseless allegations".

British national Christian Michel, alleged middleman in the deal, was arrested in the UAE last month and extradited to

Speaking at a rally in Solapur Wednesday, Modi had cited to allege that Michel was lobbying for rivals of the French firm which manufactures Rafale, and demanded that explain which of its leaders was connected with "Michel mama".

Countering the prime minister's barbs, Shinde alleged that Modi was helping his industrialist friends.

"Modi, who has launched 'Prime Minister's Mediation Scheme' in Rafale and other matters for his industrialist friends, does not want any competitor in the business and hence this outburst," he said.

"Michel mama and Modi mama are business rivals. Hence Modi is making baseless allegations," the senior said.

Shinde, who hails from Solapur, also said the made a "poor attempt" to tell the people in the south district that he was doing great work for them by launching several schemes.

"He should have also told people about his 'Prime Minister's loot the country and run away scheme' meant for his industrialist friends such as Nirav Modi, Mehul bhai (Mehul Choksi), Mallya and Lalit Modi," Shinde said.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 18:55 IST