Mumbai: While the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of shielding fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, his son-in-law Samar Singh is taking part in campaigning with Parth Pawar who is the grand-nephew of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and is fighting the Lok Sabha polls from Maval seat.
Parth is pitted against Shrirang Barne of Shiv Sena who won the seat in 2014. The Sena-BJP coalition has given him another chance to contest, as he had won the Sansad Ratna Award.
Parth, 29, is the son of former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar. Parth has been frequently seen with Samar Singh, who is married to Mallya’s step-daughter, Laila.
Singh is a businessman and investment banker based in the USA. Sources say Singh also handles Parth’s social media.
Asked about him, Parth said, “Samar and I have been friends for a long time. He campaigns for me like my other friends. Why should he be blamed for Mallya’s wrongdoings? He is also returning to the US.”
Singh was not available for comments but a friend of his said, “Samar and Parth are friends from Mumbai and know each other for ages. Samar and his wife are not much connected to the Mallya family as has been depicted. Samar had joined Parth out of interest to see his friend fight the election and had visited few places with him to see the real circumstances. He has gone back to the US.”