BJP leader Subramanian Swamy urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to direct the Urban Development Ministry to take back the land allotted to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation at the heart of New Delhi. In his letter to the Prime Minister, Swamy pointed out that in 2015 he filed a petition to the Ministry citing the illegalities of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation using the prime property which was actually allotted to Congress party in 1988.
“Much information has come in the public domain about the fraud of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. I had written a letter to the Ministry of Urban Ministry several years ago, pointing out that RGF building was built on the plot on the Raisina Road that was granted by the Ministry of Urban Development for building the Congress party office. But instead, the building has been usurped by RGF. I strongly recommend Government taking back te plot and nationalisng the building,” said Swamy in his letter to Modi.
After filing a complaint against the illegal use of Herald House in the National Herald case, Subramanian Swamy in 2015 filed a petition to Urban Development Ministry for taking back the land illegally used by Sonia Gandhi family-controlled Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
The RGF scam was raised by me with Ministry of Urban Development in 2015 asking Govt to cancel the plot allotment & seize the building because in 1988 the plot was allotted for building Congress Head Office. So it cannot be used for private purpose. Govt must act on my demand now
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) June 26, 2020
How did Sonia Gandhi grab the plot allotted for Congress party headquarters?
In 1988, a year prior to first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s centenary year (1989), Government (then ruled by Rajiv Gandhi) allotted a prime plot to the Congress party to build a big headquarters named Jawahar Bhawan. Across India, Congress workers collected more than Rs.500 crores for the construction of their headquarters. Many Corporates also donated money and it was known to all that the building was actually constructed by the late Dhirubhai Ambani. There were two sources of income– Congress workers collected money across the country and the Corporates pitched in too. Meanwhile, after the 30th day of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, June 21, 1991, Sonia Gandhi started the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) and slowly usurped the building meant for Congress party’s headquarters. This is a clear violation. The land was allotted for Congress party’s headquarters and now using as Sonia family’s private foundation.
The irony is that the Congress headquarters is still working at the old building at 24, Akbar Road, neighboring Sonia Gandhis’ home at 10, Janpath Road. In 2009, Congress party and all political parties were given land at Deen Dayal Upadhayay Marg area. The Congress party is yet to construct its headquarters, while even cashless Communist parties made their offices in the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg area.
After filing a complaint against the illegal use of Herald House in the National Herald case, Subramanian Swamy in 2015 filed a petition to Urban Development Ministry for taking back the land illegally used by Sonia Gandhi family-controlled Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Swamy also demanded probe RGF operating in tax haven Seychelles also.