The state’s richest politicians and even well-known magnates such as Mangal Prabhat Lodha are no match for Shah’s money power. In Maharashtra, the politician who comes closest is BJP’s Mohit Kamboj, who declared assets worth Rs 353 crore in the 2014 Assembly elections.
Link to 2G scam
There is another reason Shah’s candidature is making news – his connection with 2G scam-accused realtor Shahid Balwa. Shah said, “Yes, I know Shahid Balwa, as he was my client. But I have nothing to do with the scam. If anybody is spreading such rumours, it is absolutely false and only for political gain.” He added, “I have been in the construction industry since 26 years. BJP approached me to contest the election. My only aim is to bring change in Ghatkopar.”