Gandhis escalate attack on PM Modi over LAC crisis | India News


NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked PM Modi to clarify how and when does the government plan to vacate the land occupied by the Chinese army in Ladakh, underlining that his ‘no-intrusion’ claim has been contradicted by defence and foreign ministries as well as defence experts.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said Modi must explain what agreements and talks he undertook while pursuing friendship with China that the neighbour was “emboldened to occupy our land”. Former junior defence ministers Pallam Raju and Jitendra Singh told reporters, “China has now occupied our territory up to 18 km inside the LAC, in the Depsang plains, up to the Y-Junction or the bottleneck.” They called it an alarming situation as “China is just 25 km from Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip”.
Rahul Gandhi escalated his attack on the BJP government by saying that the PM should not be afraid of telling the truth about China holding Indian territory. He said the PM should speak “without fear” about the land taken over by China and announce that the government is going to take action, and the entire country will support the government. Leading the “shaheedon ko salam diwas” online campaign of Congress, Sonia Gandhi issued a video message in which she said that China has constructed fresh bunkers on Indian territory and the PM should take the country into confidence on the violations by the hostile neighbour.
“The PM says there has been no intrusion by China but ministries of defence and foreign affairs repeatedly spoke about the presence of Chinese soldiers in big numbers and about intrusions at different times. The country wants to know if China has not occupied our land, as the PM says, then how and why were our 20 brave soldiers martyred?” she said.



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