Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remark that neither is anyone inside India’s territory nor has any of its posts been captured, alleging that the PM has “surrendered” Indian territory to Chinese aggression.
In a statement on the all-party meeting called by Modi on Friday to discuss the situation at the India-China border, the government said, “At the outset, prime minister clarified that neither is anyone inside our territory nor is any of our post captured.”
Tagging PM’s remarks with his tweet, Gandhi said, “PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression.”
“If the land was Chinese: 1. Why were our soldiers killed? 2. Where were they killed?” Gandhi said.
PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression.
If the land was Chinese:
1. Why were our soldiers killed?
2. Where were they killed? pic.twitter.com/vZFVqtu3fD
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 20, 2020
The categorical statement by the prime minister came in the wake of reports that Chinese military has transgressed into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control, the de-facto border, in several areas of eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley.
Soon after Gandhi’s tweet, Union Home Minister Amit Shah posted video of father of a soldier, who was injured in Galwan face-off, and hit out at the Congress leader, accusing him of indulging in “petty politics”.
“A brave armyman’s father speaks and he has a very clear message for Mr. Rahul Gandhi. At a time when the entire nation is united, Mr. Rahul Gandhi should also rise above petty politics and stand in solidarity with national interest,” Shah wrote.
A brave armyman’s father speaks and he has a very clear message for Mr. Rahul Gandhi.
At a time when the entire nation is united, Mr. Rahul Gandhi should also rise above petty politics and stand in solidarity with national interest. https://t.co/BwT4O0JOvl
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 20, 2020
The prime minister’s assertion came even as Congress president Sonia Gandhi, at the all-party meet, questioned the government’s handling of the situation, asking if there was any intelligence failure, and seeking assurance that China will “revert” to its original position.
Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused senior ministers in the government of “lying” to protect the prime minister and that the Centre was “fast asleep” while martyred jawans paid the price in Ladakh.
The former Congress chief also tagged a one-minute video of a jawan’s father saying the Indian soldiers were unarmed when they were attacked by Chinese troops.
He has been questioning the government on the LAC standoff and asking how the Chinese occupied Indian territory and why Indian soldiers were sent “unarmed to martyrdom” in Ladakh.
Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.