Oppn, BJP conflict as Anurag Thakur slams Nehru to defend PM Cares Fund

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18

The Opposition and the ruling BJP clashed within the Lok Sabha on Friday over establishing of PM Cares Fund, resulting in Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur expressing “regret” over his remarks on former PM Jawaharlal Nehru. The House was adjourned 4 occasions between four pm and 6 pm.

Replying to queries by the Opposition on the necessity to create PM Cares Fund, Thakur mentioned the sooner Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund was created by “Nehru ji like a royal order”.

“From 1948 till today, it has not been registered. How did it get the FCRA (foreign contribution) clearance?” he mentioned.

Alleging misuse of funds, he mentioned, “You created a belief for the Gandhi household. Nehru and Sonia Gandhi have been its members.

This must be investigated.”

This led to pandemonium within the House with Congress chief within the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary hitting again: “Have we said (PM Narendra) Modi is stealing from funds? How could he (Anurag) use such words for Nehru.” Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi demanded an apology from Thakur. At 6 pm, the House resumed regular enterprise after Thakur mentioned, “I did not want to hurt anyone…. I regret my words.”

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