'Chinese Funds In PM CARES': Congress Hits Back After BJP Onslaught

PM Modi had obtained Rs 9,678 crores within the PM CARES Fund as on Might 20, Congress mentioned (File)

New Delhi:

The Congress, accused of accepting Chinese language funds for the Raviv Gandhi Basis, as we speak hit again in variety, saying donations from Chinese language companies have poured into PM CARES fund additionally. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of getting a “gentle spot” for China, the occasion mentioned a whole lot of crores have been funnelled into PM CARES by a bunch of well-known Chinese language companies together with Xiaomi, Oppo and Huawei, including that it’s “most worrying and alarming for nationwide safety”.

The BJP has not mentioned something on file but. Get together sources, nonetheless, informed NDTV, “Donation to the PM CARES fund for COVID-19 is just not the identical as donations for a non-public organisation just like the Rajiv Gandhi Basis managed by Sonia Gandhi and her household.”

In an announcement as we speak, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi mentioned: “Stories recommend that as on Might 20, 2020 PM Modi has obtained Rs 9,678 crores within the controversial Fund. The surprising half is that although Chinese language forces have transgressed into our territory, Prime Minister has obtained cash within the Fund from Chinese language corporations”.

Mr Singhvi additionally listed eight questions he mentioned the Prime Minister ought to reply.

“Has PM obtained Rs 7 Crore from the controversial firm HUAWEI? Does HUAWEI have a direct reference to Individuals’s Liberation Military, China? Has the Chinese language firm proudly owning Tik Tok facilitated a donation of Rs 30 crores to the controversial PM CARES Fund? Has Paytm, which has a 38% Chinese language possession given 100 crores within the controversial Fund? Has XIAOMI, the Chinese language firm, dedicated Rs 15 Crore to the controversial Fund? Has the Chinese language firm OPPO, donated Rs 1 crore to this controversial Fund?” the assertion learn.

In a current assertion, Xiaomi has mentioned it could donate Rs 10 core to the Prime Minister’s reduction fund and the Chief Minister’s reduction funds throughout states to battle coronavirus. Oppo mentioned it’s contributing Rs 1 crore “in combination in the direction of Prime Minister’s Nationwide Reduction Fund and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Misery Reduction Fund. OnePlus has additionally made a public dedication to contribute Rs 1 crore.

The Congress additionally alleged that the PM CARES Fund is run like a “seemingly private” fund of the Prime Minister which isn’t even subjected to audit by any public authority, or the Proper To Info Act.

“All in all, the Fund seems to be solely run by the Prime Minister in an opaque and secret style with zero transparency and 0 accountability,” alleged the occasion, which was accused of receiving funds from the Embassy of the Individuals’s Republic of China in 2005-2006.

“Did the then UPA authorities take a bribe from the Chinese language? Is it not true that after taking this donation, the inspiration really useful a free commerce settlement with China, which was closely tilted in favour of the Chinese language,” Legislation Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad mentioned earlier this week amid Congress accusations of the federal government “surrendering” Indian territory in Ladakh to the Chinese language.

The political battle between the Congress and the BJP has been bitter because the clashes of June 15 through which 20 Indian troopers have died in motion at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. Every occasion has accused the opposite of being gentle on the Chinese language.

Whereas the BJP has accused the Congress of taking part in into the arms of China and Pakistan with their “give up” statements, the Congress has pointed to the Prime Minister’s assertion at an all-party meet earlier this month, the place he mentioned China has not captured any Indian territory or crossed the border. The Prime Minister’s Workplace has as dismissed the Congress claims as “mischievous interpretation” of PM Modi’s feedback.

The Congress’s earlier accusations towards PM Modi’s private integrity had been seen to have fallen flat.

Leaders throughout the occasion had admitted that Rahul Gandhi’s “Chowkidar chor Hai (The watchman is a thief”) marketing campaign — alleging irregularities within the Rafale fighter plane deal — had contributed to the Congress’s decimation in final yr’s normal elections.

 After the election, Rahul Gandhi had stepped down because the occasion chief. Whereas his mom Sonia Gandhi has been put in because the occasion’s interim president, there was hypothesis a few return of Mr Gandhi to take up the reins of the occasion once more.

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