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Donation row: BJYM protests at Cong youth wing office

Statesman News Service |

Activists of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) youth wing on Monday protested outside the office of Indian Youth Congress here, demanding answer from the latter over controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO donating Rs.50 lakh to an allied entity of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

Holding placards and shouting slogans, the members of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) gathered outside the office of Congress’ youth wing at Raisina Road.

The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), founded by Naik, had donated Rs.50 lakh to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), an associate entity of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, in 2011 but the amount was returned to IRF by RGCT in July this year.

The IRF is embroiled in a controversy because of allegations that Naik was inciting youths for terror.

BJP has earlier alleged that the donation to RGF, headed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, by Naik’s NGO was a "bribe" to "shelter" his "anti-national" activities.

Congress had accused the government of hatching a "venal conspiracy of muckraking" to "slander, malign and defame" the party over Rs.50 lakh donation.