As Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda intensified its attack on the Congress, alleging links between the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) and China, posing 10 questions to it, Congress hit back at the saffron party with its own set of 10 counter questions.
Congress, in a statement, said that the allegations by JP Nadda were his flailing attempts at distraction and diversion from the issues of national security and territorial integrity.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the BJP chief has made it his “favourite pastime to mislead the country by making sensational claims”.
Randeep Surjewala said, “The wild and insidious hatred of the BJP vis-à-vis the Indian National Congress unfolds every day in an embarrassing and uglier fashion.”
On the allegations that Congress had accepted a donation from the Chinese embassy in 2005-06, Randeep Surjewala instead accused the BJP of receiving foreign funding. Surjewala also said the BJP leadership was scared of the questions being asked on its “deep-rooted” Chinese connections.
Surjewala also challenged the BJP to disclose its link to the “China Association for International Friendly Contact” (CAIFC) and its persistent interactions with the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
He asked 10 counter questions to JP Nadda in response to the questions posed by the latter to attack the Congress:
1. What is the connection of the BJP to the Communist Party of China (CCP)? What is the historical relationship between BJP and CCP spoken about by the then BJP President, Shri Rajnath Singh during the visit of a CCP delegation on January 30th, 2007 and reiterated by him during the meeting with members of Politburo of the CCP on October 17th, 2008?
2. Why did the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) go to China in January 2009 on an invite from the CCP? Why was a delegation of RSS invited by the CCP despite it not being a political party and what discussions were held on our sensitive state of Arunachal Pradesh as also Tibet?
3. Why did the then BJP President, Shri Nitin Gadkari go to China on a five-day visit on January 19th, 2011 at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CCP)?
4. Why did the then BJP President, Shri Amit Shah send a delegation of MP’s/MLA’s in November 2014 to China for a week-long study in “The Party School” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?
5. Why did Shri Narendra Modi visit China on 4 separate occasions as Chief Minister of Gujarat and on 5 separate occasions as the PM of India, besides…