The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused the Congress of defending the online news portal NewsClick, which, according to an investigation by The New York Times, has links to the Communist Party of China.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a scathing attack on the Congress on Monday for ‘defending’ the online news portal NewsClick. The ruling party called the website a “dangerous tool of the Communist Party of China (CPC)” that aims to promote China’s political agenda across the world. This follows an investigation by the US daily The New York Times, which linked NewsClick to an individual named Neville Roy Singham. Singham, the investigation said, had received funding from the Communist Party of China to promote its political agenda across the world.
The BJP raised the matter in Parliament on Monday with party MP Nishikant Dubey saying, “Money from China came into NewsClick. An environment was created against the government using Chinese funds.” Posting a clip of his speech in Lok Sabha on social media, Dubey said, “The Congress party’s policy is to break India… the Election Commission should investigate the Chinese funding of the Congress party and close the Congress’s shop.”
“The shop of Rahul’s hatred is filled with Chinese goods. The policy of the Congress party aims to collaborate with China to break India. The investigation of the Congress party’s funding from China should be conducted by the Election Commission of the Indian government,” said Dubey in Lok Sabha.
Shortly after Dubey’s comments in Lok Sabha, Congress leader and MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhary wrote to Speaker Om Birla, demanding that the BJP MP’s comments be removed from the Lok Sabha’s records. “We demand under Rule 380 that his remarks be expunged in full and that an inquiry be conducted into how such an allegation was permitted to be raised on the record,” Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wrote in his letter.