Mumbai: Following the opposition protest over remarks of Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, Lok Sabha today faced two adjournments.
Anurag Thakur, who alleged that there were links between the Nehru-Gandhi family with the PM National Relief Fund and objected to the way the fund was created by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Several opposition parties, including Congress and Trinamool Congress, demanded an apology from Thakur.
The minister was speaking on opposition objections to the PM CARES fund.
“Some opposition members questioned the PM Cars Fund. Opposing the PM Care Fund is just for the sake of it like they opposed EVMs and then losing many elections. They later lost money, demonetization, triple talaq, and GST as bad. They find defects in everything, the truth is their intention is bad,” he said.
“When you come to the discussion for PM CARES, please read the PM National Relief Fund. In 1948, the then PM Nehruji ordered the creation of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund like a royal order.
From 1948 to date, it was not registered. How did it get FCRA approval? 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. This should be discussed,” he said.
Soon after Thakur’s remarks, the Congress and Trinamool Congress members staged a strong protest and demanded an apology from Thakur.
When the House reassured, the opposition members continued their protest and raised slogans in support of Thakur’s pardon.