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Congress must clarify its Zakir ik link'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 Sep 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Sept 12: Bharatiya Jata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) members on Monday staged a protest against the Congress party for allegedly accepting a dotion from Zakir ik’s NGO through the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Congress has clarified that the amount was returned to the IRF in 2016. BJYM had sought clarification from the Congress on its relations with ik’s NGO — Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

The BJYM posters had said that the dotions were given to the RGF, but the Congress had made it clear that the money was not given to the RGF but to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT). It also said the amount was returned in 2016.

Hundreds of supporters of BJYM, the youth wing of the Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP) had earlier gathered outside the office of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) for it allegedly receiving Rs 50 lakh dotion from IRF in 2011.

They were detained by the Delhi Police and taken to the Parliament Street Police Station. BJYM Delhi unit’s Vice President Impreet Singh Bakshi told IANS: “The Congress leaders must clear their stand why the party received money from ik’s NGO.”

“Congress President (Sonia Gandhi), Vice President (Rahul Gandhi) and Priyanka Gandhi must explain what they did with the money from 2011 till July 2016,” he added.

The BJYM protesters asked Sonia to clarify her “party’s relation with ik”.

On Saturday Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad had alleged that RGF, chaired by Sonia, had taken the dotion and termed it a “bribe”. Meanwhile, Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala had countered the allegations saying that the money was not given to the RGF but to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT). (IANS)

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