Cong Slams BJP On Report of ‘Conflict of Interest’ by Doval’s Son
Congress member Kapil Sibal and NSA Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya. 
Congress member Kapil Sibal and NSA Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya. (Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Cong Slams BJP On Report of ‘Conflict of Interest’ by Doval’s Son

On 4 November, the Congress hit out at the BJP citing news website The Wire’s report which alleged a “prospect of conflict of interest” in the think-tank ‘India Foundation’ run by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya, that has some senior BJP ministers as its directors.

Shah-zada ki apaar safalta ke baad, BJP ki nayi peshkash – Ajit Shaurya gatha (After the ‘grand success’ of ‘Shah- Zada’, BJP's new presentation – the tale of Ajit Shaurya),” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.

The report alleged that Doval’s son has a “conflict of interest” in running his think-tank on several fronts. Firstly, he is a partner in a financial services firm, the report said. Secondly, the think-tank allegedly has some top ministers as directors and thirdly, it allegedly relies on financial support from foreign and Indian corporates, some of which have dealings with the government.

The ministers include Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, and two Ministers of State – Jayant Sinha of Civil Aviation Ministry and MJ Akbar of External Affairs Ministry.

In a press conference, Kabil Sibal representing the Congress demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.

“Prime Minister Modi should fire all the four ministers who are on the board of the India Foundation. We want to ask Modiji when he will fire them,” he said.

If any UPA minister was a director in (Teesta) Setalvad or (Indira) Jaising’s NGO, it would become a Public Interest Litigation... In the history of this country, has any minister been a director of an NGO?...For the first time under the BJP we are seeing a Molotov cocktail of business, politics and foreign interests.
Kapil Sibal

(With inputs from PTI)

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