Congress, BJP war of words on China border issue

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 10, 2020 Published on June 10, 2020

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law Minister and Manish Tewari, Congress MP and spokesman

Inform people, demands Congress; Try to understand strategic and diplomatic concerns counters BJP

A tweet by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the stand-off with China over territorial problems has created a political tussle with BJP taking the stand strategic issues are not discussed in Twitter.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi said in Twitter that China has entered Indian territory and Modi is silent.

“The Chinese have walked in and taken our territory in Ladakh. Meanwhile,the PM is absolutely silent and has vanished from the scene,” Gandhi said on Wednesday.

BJP hits back

Hitting back, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law Minister, told reporters that Gandhi should try to understand the diplomatic and strategic issues of the country. “He was the one who demanded proof for Balakot airstrikes. He wanted evidence for the martyrdom of soldiers in Uri,” he said.

He added that Rahul Gandhi’s understanding of strategic and economic issues is a matter of debate.

Inform people

Defending Gandhi, Congress MP and spokesman Manish Tewari countered that the Law Minister speaks about everything but the Law Ministry. He said many retired generals and experts in diplomatic affairs wrote signed articles seeking the Centre’s response on the issues at China border. The Centre has taken an ostrich-like approach and has not briefed people about the situation on the China border.

Tewari said the Law Minister used extremely abrasive language against the Opposition. “We would like to tell the Law Minister that he should save his sanctimonious anger for India’s adversaries and the government should direct it’s angst against those who have illegally encroached upon our territories rather than on the Opposition,” Tewari said.

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Published on June 10, 2020
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