'Want Modi to fight China, but he is fighting us: Congress

New Delhi, Jun 26 (IANS): The ruling BJP has alleged that the previous Congress government had allocated Rs 100 crore to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) when Manmohan Singh was Finance Minister in 1991, but the funds could not be disbursed.

The Congress hit back at the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as party spokesperson Pawan Khera said "We want the Prime Minister to fight with China and drive back Chinese troops from our territory but he is fighting the Congress, the BJP is coming out with allegations daily which have no ground."

The BJP alleged that the Budget speech of 1991-92 by Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister on July 24, 1991 has the details of the funds to RGF.

"The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has been established to perpetuate the memory of the great leader and to promote the ideals and objectives for which he lived and laid down his life," the BJP quoted Singh as having said in the speech.

The Congress on Thursday alleged that BJP is using "diversionary tactics" after BJP levelled allegations that RGF received donations from the Chinese Embassy.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had said, "Please stop living in 2005 and start answering questions in 2020".

The chairperson of the RGF's board of trustees is party interim chief Sonia Gandhi , while its board includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, among others.

The controversy erupted after BJP alleged that "Donations showed results soon after. RGF did not just one but several studies on how a Free Trade Agreement 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," said Amit Malviya, head of the BJP's IT cell.



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  • Leo, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    People of India have given a mandate to Narendara Modi and his BJP Party after 5 years of rule from 2014 inspite of high unemployment, rising prices, high petrol and diesel prices when barrel was USD 35, high GST, low GDP, poverty, communal violence, lynching, no ache din, no 15 lakhs in account, no bringing black money from Swiss banks, lots of jumlas. People of India were fed-up of Congress rule which gave them stability, controlled petrol and diesel prices when the barrel was USD 100 a barrel, 2G scam (alleged by BJP which was not by Supreme Court), subsidized cooking gas prices, freedom of speech & media. People of India wanted a change from stability to instability, high cost of living, chaos, anarchy, rise in prices, communal violence, blood flowing in the streets, CAA, NRC, control of media and IT cells, EVM hacking scams, attacks on intellectuals like Gauri Lankesh and others for speaking in public, calling opposition figures as urban naxals, presttiutes and anti-nationals, arrest and detention of those who oppose the govt. policies and they got it in abundance. If People of India are happy with these privileges, they can again vote for BJP for many more terms.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    When it comes to national integration of the country all party need to work together. But BJP is the only party is making politics of the present situation. The party which suppose to give right information to the nation is misguided.

    Between 2004 and 2014, the BJP had issued political resolutions, sought a white paper, sent its own delegation to the border, and held several press conferences criticising the then Manmohan Singh government.

    Now the power seat is changed the question remains the same. Today BJP thinks Congress as the enemy of the nation rather than fighting the aggression of the Chinese and solving the border dispute.

    Jai Hind

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Today the whole word knows about the Chinese Donation to Rajiv Foundation
    There was more than a suspicion about China Covid Hero's rant and taking a strong China stand. His statements were a give away.
    Today his party has been caught with proof. How much money these people want?
    What a shame !

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  • Navneeth, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    The Congress is in the wrong track totally: the more they do this, they lose the trust of people which is the foundation of politicians. This single act of the family of unmindful criticism of Modi will make Modi a greater hero than he himself thinks he is. Moreover due to this stance, they are losing support of even regional parties on whom they have to bank on.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Modi is nearing 70 and is a bachelor. He need not fear china. if he does fear China it means that he fears for the lives of poor Indians. In the Background of COVID and many people in hunger already, war with China will be disastrous. it is highly likely that once it escalates Pakistan will take advantage of the situation.

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  • Sony, Mlore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Congress spokesman are BJP's star campaigners

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    If congress has spokesmen like these, modi will not be defeated, they are giving credit to modi for fighting the Chinese instead of the brave professional Indian army.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Yes, Modi gets credit by surrendering to China and discrediting the army together with him. 2024 elections will be totally different. These present issues are not going to go away any time soon so it is do or die for Modi.

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  • Peer, Italy

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Nobody believes congress wl cross 56 seats in 2024 election

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Are you enjoying in Italy?????...... Why are you secretly having congress friends in Italy after all?????

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  • kiran, Mangalore/ Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    No body believed allies would win WW 2 and Hitler would commit suicide either. So time will tell 56 or more

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    I don't think you are an Indian otherwise you would not think of discrediting the army.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    I don't need your thinking, opinion or certificate to me to be Indian. Are you in China with Modi after he surrendered???

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