'Sonia Gandhi Should Answer': BJP Targets Congress Over Mehul Choksi

BJP President JP Nadda listed 10 questions for the Congress over RGF, China and different factors (File)

New Delhi:

BJP President JP Nadda hit out at Congress counterpart Sonia Gandhi at present over alleged hyperlinks between the Rajiv Gandhi Basis, of which she is the chairperson, and fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi. Mr Nadda, who made the purpose in an inventory of 10 queries concentrating on the Congress on an alleged “relationship” with the ruling CCP (Communist Occasion of China), demanded Mrs Gandhi reply his query.

“Some months again we noticed an enormous hue and cry over Mehul Choksi. The crown prince of Congress used probably the most obnoxious language for the Prime Minister. It has now come to gentle Mehul Choksi was a donor for the RGF,” JP Nadda mentioned.

“Sonia Gandhi ought to reply. First (the RGF) takes cash from Mehul Choksi, then helps with financial institution loans after which blame current Prime Minister for his actions,” he continued.

Mehul Choksi, 60, and his 48-year-old nephew Nirav Modi are key accused in a rip-off involving faux ensures within the identify of state-run Punjab Nationwide Financial institution (PNB) to safe abroad loans.

Each fled India in 2018, earlier than the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) started inquiries. Mr Choksi absconded to the Caribbean island of Antigua, whereas Mr Modi was arrested final 12 months in London and is combating extradition from jail.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, sarcastically referred to by the BJP as “the prince”, has repeatedly attacked the federal government, and PM Modi, over this difficulty; in 2018 he referred to the Prime Minister as Mr Choksi’s “suit-boot BFF”.

The RGF, in the meantime, has been within the information since Thursday, when Mr Nadda sensationally accused it of receiving donations from the Chinese language embassy in India and alleged that the Congress was subsequently being managed by China.

The inspiration obtained a contribution from the Chinese language embassy however the Congress has rubbished any discuss of impropriety, calling it a “diabolical” try at diverting focus from the India-China border difficulty.

The BJP, nonetheless, has hinted at a quid professional quo deal, mentioning that total commerce deficit with China elevated 33 occasions – from $1.1 billion in 2003/04 to $36.2 billion in 2013-14.

Mr Nadda repeated that query at present and demanded the Congress clarify why it “weakened India’s financial place”. The BJP chief additionally accused the Manmohan Singh-led UPA authorities, of which the Congress was the top, of diverting cash from the PM’s Reduction Fund to the RGF.

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram hit again at these allegations at present, asking: “What does the grant of RGF 15 years in the past need to do with infiltration of Indian territory in 2020 underneath the supervision of the Modi authorities?”

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