Chinese embassy funded Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, claims BJP | India News

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Thursday came out with documents showing that the Chinese embassy in India has been funding the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF). Chairperson of RGF is Congress president Sonia Gandhi and its board has among others former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, P. Chidambaram and Priyanka Gandhi.
As per the details shared by the BJP social media team, which has shared the related documents, the RGF annual report in 2005-06 shows it had received a donation from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. It is listed in the report among the list of general donors.
“This donation started showing results soon after. Rajiv Gandhi Foundation did not just one but several studies on how a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and China is desirable and required,” BJP social media head Amit Malviya claimed.
He said the findings of these studies are even more shocking. They directly make the case for China by arguing: that India needs the FTA much more than China, and should pursue it as part of its efforts to improve bilateral relations “This, despite the admission that China was already benefiting much more than India from the imbalanced trade,” he claimed.
Malviya questioned as if there was some connection between this donation to the RGF, the Congress party think tank lobbying for an FTA with China, and allowing the trade deficit to jump 33 times between 2003-04 and 2013-14? “Does this have donation, or you can call bribery to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, have any connection with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Congress and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2008?” He questioned.
Malviya again questioned what other things is the Congress party hiding from India on its relations with the CCP? “It is time that the Congress party comes clean on the MoU it has with the CCP,” he added.
He said a full disclosure of their relations with CCP and on the contents of the MoU is essential for the interest of India, as the Congress party is the largest opposition party in India with governments of its own or in alliance in several states. “Curiously, India’s trade deficit with China starts to balloon. Overall trade deficit with China increased 33 times, i.e from $1.1 Bn in 2003-04 to $36.2 Bn in 2013-14, under the UPA,” he added.
Earlier Malviya had tweeted, “2006-2007 FC6 return of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, FCRA-NGO, DL/231650615 shows 90 lakh ‘donation’ from Embassy of The Peoples Republic of China in India. MoU can do wonders! From an all paid trip for the Gandhi family for opening ceremony of Olympics to donations!”

[Source :Times of India]


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