BJP Attacks Congress on the Chinese Funding to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation


Right after the Galwan valley cliff with China in eastern Ladakh, Congress has been lobbying by making comments suggesting Modi surrendering to the Chinese Government and how poorly it has handled China. Subsequently, the BJP Government rose with some pretty hefty allegations and pulled down the Congress.

Rajiv Gandhi Foundation was formed on June 21, 1991. It is currently chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. RGF works towards the betterment of five key matters – literacy, excellence in aviation, science & technology, empowerment of the underprivileged and handicapped and operates a think tank named RGICS. Trustee members of the foundation include senior party leaders like Rahul Gandhi, former PM Dr Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Sanjiv Goenka, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and others.

Why The Donors ?

Apparently, the Chinese government embassy in India has been funding the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in 2005-2006. The BJP supporters have been questioning the accepting of donations from the Chinese embassy in India.

Protests over receiving Zakir Naik’s trust Donation of over Rs.50 lac to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in 2011 has also been activated.

BJP fielded Union Law Minister; Ravi Shankar Prasad raised questions along with party president J.P Nadda raising in his virtual rally for Madhya Pradesh. In the donor’s list of the RGF, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China is revealed in the 2005-06.

“Why? What was the need? There were contributions from Indian and foreign entities, then what was the need to get money from the Chinese,” asked Ravi Shankar Prasad.

THE FTA PITCH: Was it a Bribe ?

All through the UPA government and it’s study a “comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA)” resulted in 33 times rise in Indo-China trade deficit benefiting Beijing’s (China).

In the 2009-11 report, the foundation seemed to pitch for FTA as there is mention of India-China studies. India-China FTA would be “feasible, desirable, and mutually beneficial suggesting free flow of goods, services, investment and capital,” read Ravi Shankar Prasad from the report. This was the aftermath of receiving donations by the foundation which led Ravi Shankar Prasad to question if it was a “planned conspiracy”.

BJP suspects a breach of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 1976. A memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Congress party and China in 2008 which is still left unexplained. To this, Ravi Shankar demands to know how many such MOU has been signed by the party and the need of it.


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