Chinese companies contributed to PM-CARES fund, alleges Congress
New Delhi, June 28 (IANS): Amid political mudslinging between the opposition Congress and the ruling BJP on the issue of donations from Chinese companies, the Congress has alleged that PM-CARES fund also received donations from Chinese firms.
Senior Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said “Why has PM Modi received Chinese money in the PM-CARES fund, despite the overt Chinese hostilities? Has PM received INR 7 crore from the controversial company Huawei ? Does Huawei have a direct connection with People’s Liberation Army of China? Has the Chinese company owning TikTok facilitated a donation of INR 30 crore to the controversial PM CARES Fund?”
The Congress has also asked if Paytm, which has 38 per cent Chinese ownership, given INR 100 crore, Oppo 1 crore and Xiomi INR 15 crore in the fund.
“Has Prime Minister Modi diverted the donations received in PMNRF to the controversial PM-CARES Fund and how many hundred crores is the amount diverted?” Singhvi asked.
Singhvi said reports suggest that as on May 20, 2020, the fund received INR 9,678 crore. “The shocking part is that though Chinese forces have transgressed into our territory, Prime Minister has received money in the fund from Chinese companies,” he alleged.
“No one knows the constitutional or operational framework of the PM-CARES fund and how it is controlled or money given to it utilised. The fund is not even subject to audit by any public authority including CAG. PMO has gone to the extent of saying this fund is not a public authority.”
“The fund appears to be solely run by the Prime Minister in an opaque and secret fashion with zero transparency and zero accountability,” claimed Singhvi.
The Congress spokesperson questioned that “if the Prime Minister of India will compromise his position by accepting donations of hundreds of crores from Chinese companies in the controversial and opaque fund, then how will he defend the country against Chinese aggression?”
The Congress alleged that the Modi government continues to sidestep the brazen Chinese transgressions and occupation of Indian territory by Chinese forces in Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso lake area, Hot Springs and Depsang plains upto Y-Junction.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi unashamedly misleads the nation and serves the sinister agenda of the Chinese by claiming that China has never intruded into the Indian territory, nor is it in occupation of any territory,” alleged Singhvi. The Congress leader said that the party will keep asking these questions in the national interest.