BJP bullion billionaire, in Fadnavis’ good books, now under fire from Sena for ‘fraud’
Mumbai: “Flower nahi, fire hain me, fire hain“, (I am not a flower, I am fire), proclaims the dialogue, while a dramatic soundtrack plays in the background. On display is Mohit Kamboj — which now goes through Mohit Bharatiya — with a vermilion tikka on her forehead and several bracelets on her right hand. Lip sync on Allu Arjun-featured dialogue Pushpa: the ascenthe slides his hand down his neck and points at the camera with a sinister nod.
— Mohit Kamboj Bharatiya – मोहित कंबोज भारतीय (@mohitbharatiya_) February 15, 2022
Kamboj — a billionaire bullion entrepreneur and among the richest leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — posted the seven-second video on his Twitter account shortly after Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut held a press conference on Tuesday night making sweeping allegations against a number of BJP leaders including Kamboj .
Raut alleged that Kamboj was a ‘front man’ to opposition leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and linked him to the much retarded Patra Chawl Redevelopment Project, claiming that Kamboj had fraudulently used funds from the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank to buy land in Patra Chawl at a ridiculous price. The PMC Bank as well as the Patra Chawl project in Mumbai falls under the Execution Directorate to scan.
Kamboj denied all the allegations at his own press conference shortly after Raut’s, and followed up with his video meme. “Raut saab talk big netas. It leaves from Modi i and talks about Fadnavis saab. The entire government and administration of Maharashtra fought against a 36 year old boy like me and was unable to win,” he said.
In October, Kamboj held a similar press conference on allegations of firefighting by another Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leader, Nawab Malik of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Malik had alleged that a person who had been detained by the Narcotics Control Bureau during Cordelia’s arrest in October — in which actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested — was released because he was a relative of Kamboj.
For two years, Kamboj, embroiled in several controversies related to his business, seemed to be in political hibernation. However, the series of allegations from Malik and now Raut have brought him back into the spotlight.
Kamboj responded with provocative statements and Bollywood-style dialogue. He has slammed Malik and Raut as “Salim-Javed”, the Bollywood screenwriting duo, and asked them to publish their drug test reportsaying, “the way they talk, you can only talk when (you) are high on substance.”
He also attacked Raut for using “foul language”, and alleged that Raut had borrowed money from him. “Sanjay Raut, mera paisa vapas de (give me my money back),” Kamboj tweeted Thursday.
On Friday, Kamboj posted a photo of himself with Ashish Shelar, a BJP leader believed to have been instrumental in the businessman’s induction into the party. Both leaders smile at the camera with their fists raised, while the caption reads: “Aa dekhe jara kisme kitna hain dum.” (Let’s see who has the most power.)
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आ देखे ज़रा किसमें कितना हैं दम!
जय भवानी जय शिवाजी!
हर हर महादेव! pic.twitter.com/KUf6x13m3q
— Mohit Kamboj Bharatiya – मोहित कंबोज भारतीय (@mohitbharatiya_) February 18, 2022
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From businessman to politician
Kamboj is originally from Varanasi and grew up learning the ins and outs of the gemstone and jewelry trade from his father, Banwarilal Kamboj.
He migrated to Mumbai for his college education and then spear its own gemstone and jewelry business, KBJ Jewelery, in 2005. Over the years, the KBJ Group has made inroads into real estate, agriculture, hospitality, entertainment, education and business. other sectors.
Kamboj also served as National Chairman of India Bullion and Jewelers Association from 2012 to 2019.
He joined the BJP in 2013 and served as chairman of the Mumbai branch of the party’s youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
A Mumbai-based BJP leader who did not wish to be named said: “In 2013, the BJP seemed to be growing rapidly in Mumbai, and Ashish Shelar was the president of the Mumbai BJP. He brought Kamboj into the BJP, saying that if he agreed to join politics, the party would find him a job.
“There are very few leaders who get into the good books of senior leaders — but very quickly, Kamboj did. He has the capacity, the caliber and the courage. He then worked extensively for Devendra Fadnavis’ campaign.
That Kamboj has deep pockets has always been well known, and BJP sources say that, and his contacts, made him all the more resourceful for the party.
The extent of his wealth, however, came to the fore when he contested the 2014 assembly election in Dindoshi constituency in Mumbai. With declared heritage at Rs 353.53 crore, Kamboj was the richest contender in the race, even richer than BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha, who owns a plush luxury real estate company.
“In Fadnavis’ Good Books”
Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when BJP campaign focused on nationalism — citing incidents such as the 2016 Uri attack on an Indian army base and India’s retaliatory surgical strike in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir — Kamboj made a big move by officially changing his last name to “Bharatiya”. He plastered billboards and billboards in Mumbai with statements of his name change.
Announcing his name change at a press conference, Kamboj noted, “I have seen discrimination in the name of caste, community and region up close. I am inspired by PM Ek Bharat, Sreshtha Bharat (One India, Best India) slogan and want to create a caste-free society.
A second BJP leader told ThePrint: “Kamboj was actively involved in campaign planning for Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai, and would say he would quit politics if Fadnavis lost as CM. We all know what happened later.
After Fadnavis was ousted in 2019, the BJP leader said Kamboj focused more on his business and retired from active party business, opting to work as a BJP. karyakarta amid a number of controversies related to his business.
In 2019, Baroda’s state-owned bank published a newspaper advertisement saying it had initiated proceedings to declare Kamboj a “willful default” under loans by a company called Avyaan Ornaments.
Kamboj, however, said he was neither a promoter nor a director of this company and paid Rs. 76 crore as a personal guarantor for his part of the liability.
In 2020, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recorded one case of bank fraud against Kamboj concerning a loan contracted by Avyaan Overseas, of which Kamboj was the managing director and guarantor, with Bank of India. Kamboj has denied the charges, saying he and the bank mutually agreed to a single settlement in 2018.
(Edited by Rohan Manoj)
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