Indira and Rajiv taught us to live fearlessly’: P Chidambaram says will face witch hunt by Modi govt

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Thursday launched a scathing attack at Centre while accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of witch-hunting.

Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram said his party leaders will face the witch hunt by the Central government without fear. “Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi lived a life without fear. They faced death in the eye without fear,” he said in a tweet.

“Both taught us that it is important to live and work fearlessly. And that is how we will face the witch hunt by the Modi government, the Congress leader said.

His remarks come a day after the Modi govt constituted an inter-ministerial committee to investigate the alleged violations of legal provisions by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RG), Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

On Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had slammed the Centre saying that “those who fight for the truth cannot be intimidated”. “Mr Modi believes the world is like him. He thinks everyone has a price or can be intimidated. He will never understand that those who fight for the truth have no price and cannot be intimidated,” the Gandhi had said in a twee.

Earlier in the day, the Congress party too had attacked the government for initiating a probe against the foundations set up by the Gandhis.

“Our determination to hold the Government accountable to the people of India and to speak for the deprived, the underprivileged and the downtrodden will only get strengthened by these desperate actions of a Government too petrified to answer its own people,” senior party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala had said.

MHA orders probe
The Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, I-T Act, FCRA by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

The probe committee will be headed by a Special Director of Enforcement Directorate. Established on June 21, 1991, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has been in the eye of the storm over its funding from Chinese government-linked organisations.