new Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has misled the country over China’s “encroachment” in Ladakh, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi tweeted after Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in a statement in Parliament on Tuesday that the South Asian country “does not recognize the current border” “(Line) actual control)” and attempted to move it. “Don’t be afraid to take Gandhi’s name,” Mr. Gandhi wrote.
“It is clear from the statement of the Defense Minister that Modi Yes China has been misled by the encroachment of China. Our country has always left the Indian Army behind and the same will happen in future. But modi Yes, When will you stand for China? When will you take back our land? Don’t be afraid to name China, “he tweeted in Hindi.
Mr Gandhi has attacked the Center and PM Modi for handling the deadlock with China, which moved along the LAC-D factor border in May.
The Congress leader’s attack today was in reference to a remark made by PM Modi at an all-party meeting in June, 20 days after which 20 Indian soldiers laid down their lives in the line of duty in a clash with Chinese soldiers. PM Modi had said, “Neither there is anybody in our area nor any of our posts are occupied.”
Former Congress chief Mr. Gandhi has often claimed that PM Modi is afraid of the Chinese.
Mr Singh, who met his Chinese counterpart in Moscow last week, gave details of the meeting in Parliament on Tuesday. He said he made it clear that India wants to resolve the issue in a peaceful manner and “the Chinese side wants to work with us”. But “there should also be no doubt about our determination to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
China continues to be in illegal occupation of about 38,000 sq km in the Union Territory of Ladakh, he said, adding that the county has been prepared for all contingencies.
He also said that China had made several attempts to move the LAC to other parts of the western region in mid-May.
There have been several rounds of military-level and ministerial talks with China over the LAC’s position. The only measures taken by the Chinese side to reduce tensions were partial withdrawal from the Galvan Valley, the site of the June Clash and some other areas.
Earlier this month, China tried to shut down the Indian position on Pangong Lake in South Ladakh and fired in the air. The Indian forces foiled the attempt.