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Watch: BJP’s Nehru-Gandhi jibe Vs Congress’ ‘Himachal ka chokra’ counter

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Watch: BJP’s Nehru-Gandhi jibe Vs Congress’ ‘Himachal ka chokra’ counter

Watch: BJP’s Nehru-Gandhi jibe Vs Congress’ ‘Himachal ka chokra’ counter

A huge ruckus broke out in Lok Sabha after MoS Finance Anurag Thakur attacked Nehru and Sonia Gandhi during a discussion on PM CARES fund.

Defending the fund, Thakur slammed the opposition’s constant attempts to question PM CARES fund and said that the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund created by then Prime Minister Nehru had not even been registered till now.

‘From 1948 till today, it has not been registered.

How did it get (foreign contribution) FCRA clearance?

The trust is not registered.

PM CARES is a registered public charitable trust.

This is for 130 crore people.

You created a trust for the Gandhi family.

Nehru, Sonia Gandhi were members of the PM National Relief Fund,’ Thakur said.

Hitting back, a furious Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the Congress party had never dragged in PM Modi’s name and accused ‘Himachal ka Chokra’ of lowring the standard of discussion.

Watch the full video for all the details on the tussle over PM CARES fund in Lok Sabha.


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