'If RGF returns Rs 20L, will PM assure China will vacate land'


New Delhi, Jun 27 (IANS): Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram tore into the Centre on Saturday and slammed BJP president J.P. Nadda accusing him of specialising in half truths over the Rs 20 lakh donation from PMNRF to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) and questioned the government if it returned the amount will Prime Minister Narendra Modi assure the country that China will "vacate its transgression" and "restore" status quo ante.

The remarks by the senior Congress leader came soon after the party claimed that the Rs 20 lakh donation received from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was used for the relief work in Andaman and Nicobar islands following the 2004 tsunami.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said, "BJP President Nadda specialises in speaking half-truths. My colleague Randeep Surjewala exposed his half truths yesterday."

Stepping up attack on the central government, Chidambaram said, "Why is the BJP hiding the fact that the Rs 20 lakh received by RGF from PMNRF in 2005 was for tsunami relief work in Andaman and Nicobar? And that every rupee was spent for the purpose and accounted for?"

Questioning the government, the Congress leader asked, "What has the grant to RGF 15 years ago got to do with China's intrusion into Indian territory in 2020 under the watch of the Modi government?"

Taking a pot shot at the government, Chimdabram said, "Suppose RGF returns the Rs 20 lakh, will PM Modi assure the country that China will vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?"

Hitting out at the BJP President, he said, "Nadda, come to terms with reality and "don't live in the past that is distorted by your half-truths".

"Please answer our questions on Chinese intrusion into Indian territory," he said.

Nadda on Friday morning had taken a pot shot at the Congress over RGF receiving Rs 20 lakh from PMNRF in 2005.

The statement issued by chief spokesperson of the Congress, Randeep Singh Surjewala, on behalf of RGF, on Friday said: "Pursuant to the unprecedented tsunami in the last week of 2004, RGF received a modest amount of Rs 20 lakh from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund in the Financial Year 2005 which was duly utilised to undertake relief activities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands."

The statement said that this grant was used for the purposes specified.

"RGF accounts were duly audited and statutory returns were filed under Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) to the Government of India. This grant has been duly reflected in all filings to the income tax and the Home Ministry and no authority has ever found any wrongdoing of any nature," the statement said.

"Diversion, disinformation and distraction" are the diabolical hallmarks of the BJP and the Narendra Modi government when exposed and caught lying on issues of national security and territorial integrity, alleged Surjewala.

The Congress leader said that the facts in the public domain clearly establish that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deliberately misled the nation on the issue of Chinese transgressions and "the brazen occupation of our territory".

 

  

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    If the Tihar returned Corruption kingpin Qaidi is fielding such taunts to BJP, then for sure CONgress is firmly on the back-foot and unable to fend charges of illegal funding into RG Foundation as even Choksis and Nirav Modi have contributed huge amounts with even 11 Navaratna and Mini Ratna companies have been forced to contribute to RG Foundation. This corruption scam is definitely very huge and needs CBI as well as NIA investigation

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    When BJP will cut it blindness nerve and find fault of past. When light coming to its mind and eyes

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Because congress disclosed Rs 20 lakh RGF donation amount officially and audited through tax agencies BJP came to know about the total amount collected and used for relief work. This shows Congress's transparency. Is BJP ready to do the same with PM CARES Fund now?????????.... Also congress is ready to come clean if BJP thinks needs verification on any financial matters but at the same time let BJP also disclose and verify legally all its financial frauds. Hey Dum???? Or divert the attention on just one way fake bhashans accusing congress???????....

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    chiddu, we dnt want your 20 lakh, if possible return all looted money along with 45000 square kilometer which ur party sold to china in 1962 for 20 lakh Rs.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    As Congress did, BJP is following it now! what logic is this! Instead of this blame game, there can be better steps taken in the interest of nation! This happens only when you are helpless, clueless as what to do and still dont want to accept it!

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    BJP is not doing, but as congress was doing, even in dreams also congress can think only about looting, even if u with draw money from ur own account congress will think u r looting.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    @Krishna, Why we have to advocate BJP or Congress for their wrong doings. BJP in the ruling party can bring Cong under trial for their loot. But its not happening, instead those incidents are used to divert the attention. In the interest of nation, keep aside the love for the parties ,appreciate when govt does good things and more importantly criticize and question when something is going wrong ! Otherwise this will continue forever!

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    am not adcvocating any one

    more over Indians know the difference between Congress and Modi.

    every one know that when national interest comes modi never surrender to any one, same congress will see only family benifit even infront of National Interest.

    if you want wait till 2024, again Indians will prove

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    congress looted country with very much plan, 45000 sq km sold to China in 1962, and money paid after many decade just to avoid any supecious........

    this is the way how we are looted

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    when truth told u feel am advocating,

    if you think so, then listen, am proud to advocate the person who is safe guarding country, not looting...........

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    @Krishna, Still Cong vs BJP! no more comments from my end! :)

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    will congress return 45ಸಾವಿರ ಕಿಲೋ ಮೀಟರ್ ನಷ್ಟು ಜಾಗ which they sold to china in 1962??????????

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    It's very unfortunate for you that you got up very very late. People from your side soon after 1962 war raised this question to Nehru and he agreed for JPC session and been suitably answered and convinced to your party and till now they have not raised any question about it. So now it is your 56" chested, brave Chowkidar chaiwala's turn to answer the same question from congress in JPC. But this time why Modi is hiding and never coming out and holding a open press conference?????....

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    even i suspect 2 month tour was sponsered by china to get more information about defence, but modi is smart that, he never said secrete things to him, so 2 month tour stopped for 1st year only

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    20 lakh from china
    100 crore from choksi
    100 crore from mallya
    1000 crore from dawood
    1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 from Indians

    return all

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    All donations here is Money Robbed Forcefully ...
    Return it...
    Bull Money
    Chok Money
    SBI money.... without conditions Tihar 53 Returnee
    Chors of First order...
    Who taught whom is million dollar q?

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  • Sangram sangam, Kundapur

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Mehul ckokshi also founded to Congress..
    Can you return that also

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    will u return crores received from Mallya.......

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    first tell countrty ????

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    The BJP has for the last six years only indulged in Lies, Falshoods and Slander with the sole purpose of diverting the peoples minds from burning issues and to mislead the people. When we have a PM himself who has set the highest example of misleading the people with Lies, Lies and Lies then the BJP President is only following his leader.

    "Why is the BJP hiding the fact that the Rs 20 lakh received by RGF from PMNRF in 2005 was for tsunami relief work in Andaman and Nicobar? And that every rupee was spent for the purpose and accounted for?". "What has the grant to RGF 15 years ago got to do with China's intrusion into Indian territory in 2020 under the watch of the Modi government?".

    "Nadda, come to terms with reality and "don't live in the past that is distorted by your half-truths".

    Modi/Amit Shah/RSS and all the central Mnisters take up this challenge thrown at you. "Suppose RGF returns the Rs 20 lakh, will PM Modi assure the country that China will vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?".

    If not Tender an Apology to the nation for Distorting Truths to mislead the people of this country

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Even China was pushed to donate money to PM relief fund during UPA and congress years. This implies, china was scared of Cong govt. though there were many attempts of incursions they were chased back.

    Under Modi Govt., China has encroached our land. This is confirmed by deaths of our soldiers in the border. But, Modi Govt., denies it. Either it is scared to deal with China the way UPA did or is it selling indian land to chinese to get donation to PM CARE fund.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    The current leaders have no clue what to do next.

    On the one hand, if imports from China are stopped, the Choksi-state will instantly go bankrupt.

    On the other, India won't be able to export anything to China.

    It is a classic catch-22.

    But the leaders will not stop blaming Nehru.

    Nehru created modern India.

    British did not transfer 80% of the land! It was made up of the Princely States running as fully independent countries (minus a couple of powers assigned to British). Nehru made all those Princely States part of the modern India - using his brains and his ministers.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    There is no compromise when it comes to the national integrity of the nation. The BJP must clarify in written with detailed proof of satellite images about the Chinese aggression to the nation.

    The Congress party in exchange of RGF returns Rs 20L should have demanded the 'PM Care fund' to transparent and provide all the willful defaulter list with absconders name with amont.

    The party is not aggressive in reply to BJP corruption charges. It must have asked the government to disclose vital contract in defense, infrastructure and telecommunication by China after 2014.

    Will BJP’s revelations about the donations stop the Chinese activities along the border? The BJP should tell what connection does these donations have with the Chinese incursion and the martyrdom of 20 soldiers?

    The BJP can fight with the Congress any time later.But now is the time to fight against China. It should speak on that.

    Jai Hind

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    There might have been some understanding who knows.

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  • Sangram sangam, Kundapur

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    At last he is accepted that taken the money chil a.
    Himself is in bail. Speaking others

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  • VIKKI, MANGALORE

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    TIHAR RETURN CHIDDU

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  • tom, udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Dear PC
    please return the commission you and your son received from various contracts .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Surrender Modi is worse than Man Maun Singh ...

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Jossey, Is this the effect of Corona in Mumbai???
    Quote "Surrender Modi is worse than Man Maun Singh ..."unquote
    As per you "Man Maun Singh " is worse but Surrender Modi is more worse, isn't it???
    For your kind knowledge, When Man Maun Singh (as per you, for me he's most respected Dr. Manmohan Singh )speaks World was Listening but, When Surnrender Modi speaks World is Laughing! Now, you decide why world was listening and why laughing!!!

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