BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda today stepped up his attack on the INC, particularly the Nehru-Gandhi family, by accusing party chief Sonia Gandhi of lack of transparency in her deals.
“PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency,” he tweeted on Friday.
In another tweet, the BJP chief Nadda said, “One family’s hunger for wealth has cost the nation immensely. If only they have devoted their energies towards a more constructive agenda. The Congress’ Imperial Dynasty needs to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gains.”
“People of India donated their hard-earned money to PMNRF to help their fellow citizens in need. To divert this public money into a family run foundation is not only a brazen fraud but also a big betrayal of the people of India,” the BJP chief further said in his subsequent tweet.
Citing a list of donors of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, the BJP asked the INC the need for taking the donation from a foreign country. “Was this part of the INC party’s strategy for lobbying for free trade agreement, for which Rajiv Gandhi foundation received a bribe from the Chinese embassy and India’s trade deficit with China jumped 33 times during INC-led UPA government?” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad asked the grand-old party.
The charges were, however, dismissed by the opposition party as an attempt to divert the attention of the country from issues of national security.
The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) was set up on 21 June 1991 purportedly to “realise the vision” of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. INC interim president Sonia Gandhi chairs the foundation. The other trustees include former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and P Chidambaram.
In a veiled attack at the INC, the BJP president said, “There are many forms of corruption, there are many ways to bring people in your favour… 43,000 square km of Indian land lost due to the mistakes of one family.”
Responding to the BJP’s claims, INC chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Please stop living in 2005 and start answering questions in 2020.” Surjewala said when the country wants to know answers on the issues concerning securing the borders and Chinese transgression, the BJP is trying to divert the attention of the nation.
The BJP chief has been targeting the INC party since its attack on the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on 15 June.
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an investigation into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) entered into between the INC and the Communist Party of China in 2008.