A day after a petition was filed in the Supreme Court demanding a NIA probe into the Congress party’s links with the Chinese Communist party, news has now filtered out that the Govt of the Peoples Republic of China and the Chinese Embassy in India have been funding the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi is the Chairperson of RGF, and its board includes former PM Manmohan Singh, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, among others.
BJP President JP Nadda said at a rally in Madhya Pradesh that he was “amazed that the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation received 3 hundred thousand USD from the People’s Republic of China & the Chinese Embassy in 2005-06. This is the secret relation of Congress & China”.
Two days back, Nadda had accused Rahul Gandhi of trying to “divide the nation” and “demoralise” the armed forces during crucial situations. “First, Congress signs MoU with the Chinese Communist Party. Then, Congress surrenders land to China. During Doklam issue, Rahul Gandhi secretly goes to the Chinese embassy. During crucial situations, Rahul Gandhi tries to divide the nation and demoralise armed forces. Effects of MoU?” Nadda had said in a tweet.
BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya too claimed that the Chinese Embassy and the Government are among the donors of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Not just the Embassy of The Peoples Republic of China in India but even the Government of People’s Republic of China is a donor to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Congress President Sonia Gandhi is the Chairperson of RGF. Dr MMS, Rahul Gandhi, PC and Priyanka Vadra sit on the board (sic).”
He added, “Donations showed results soon after. RGF did not just one but several studies on how a FTA between India and China is desirable and required. Studies argued that India needs the FTA much more than China and should pursue it as part of its efforts to improve bilateral relations! (sic)”
“Did donations to RGF deliver a debilitating blow to India’s economy? During UPA1, India’s trade deficit with China increased more than 17x, and under UPA2 by 88%. Under the UPA, overall trade deficit with China increased 33x, i.e from $1.1 Bn in 2003-04 to $36.2 Bn in 2013-14,” Malviya said in another tweet.
Questioning the Congress party, Malviya asked whether the donations to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation had any connection with the MoU signed between the Congress and CPC in 2008 “What other things are the Congress party hiding from India on its relations with the CCP? Full disclosure needed,” he further wrote.
News agency IANS, which accessed the RGF annual report for 2005-06, said the foundation received a donation from the government of People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Embassy as two separate donors. These were listed as donors in the report in the list of general donors.