BJP President JP Nadda today denounced his congressional counterpart Sonia Gandhi about alleged links between the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, of which she is president, and the fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi. Mr. Nadda, who took stock in a list of 10 questions aimed at Congress on an alleged “relationship” with the ruling CCP (Chinese Communist Party), asked Ms. Gandhi to answer her question.
“A few months ago, we saw a huge tinge and cry over Mehul Choksi. The Crown Prince of Congress used the most heinous language for the Prime Minister. It has now emerged that Mehul Choksi was a donor to the RGF”, said JP Nadda.
“Sonia Gandhi should respond. First (the RGF) takes money from Mehul Choksi, then helps with bank loans, then blames the current Prime Minister for his actions,” he said.
Mehul Choksi, 60, and his nephew Nirav Modi, 48, are the main accused of a scam involving false guarantees on behalf of the National Bank of Punjab (PNB), a public body, to guarantee loans to the foreign.
Both fled India in 2018, before the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) opened an investigation. Mr. Choksi fled to the Caribbean island of Antigua, while Mr. Modi was arrested last year in London and is fighting extradition from prison.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, sarcastically referred to by the BJP as “the prince”, has repeatedly attacked the government and Prime Minister Modi on this issue; in 2018, he called the Prime Minister “Mr. Choksi’s” costume-boot “BFF.
The RGF, meanwhile, has been in the headlines since Thursday when Nadda accused him sensibly of receiving donations from the Chinese Embassy in India and alleged that Congress was therefore controlled by China .
The foundation received a contribution from the Chinese embassy, but Congress rejected any speech of irregularity, calling it a “diabolical” attempt to divert attention from the issue of the Indo-Chinese border.
The BJP, however, hinted at a counterpart agreement, noting that the overall trade deficit with China has increased 33-fold – from $ 1.1 billion in 2003/04 to $ 36.2 billion in 2013- 14.
Nadda repeated this question today and asked Congress to explain why it “weakened India’s economic position”. The BJP chief also accused the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh, of which Congress was the chief, of diverting money from the Prime Minister’s relief fund to the RGF.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram responded to these allegations today, asking: “What does RGF’s subsidy 15 years ago have to do with the infiltration of Indian territory in 2020 under the supervision of the Modi government? “