New Delhi: Shortly after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday made a statement in the Lok Sabha on the border standoff with China, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misleading the country on LAC violations by the People’s Liberation Army.
Rahul, who is away from the country along with his mother and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, asked on Twitter as to when will his government reclaim Indian territory from China.
“Defence Minister’s statement makes it clear that Modi ji has misled the nation on China’s incursions. The country has always been standing with the Army and will continue to do so. But Modi ji, when will you stand up to China? When will you take back Indian land from China? Don’t be afraid of taking China’s name,” the former Congress president tweeted.
Rahul’s remarks came after the Defence Minister told the Lok Sabha that China was illegally occupying 38,000 square kms of Indian territory in Ladakh and considers another 90,000 square kms in Arunachal Pradesh as its own. Further, Pakistan has illegally ceded 5,180 sq kms of Indian land in PoK to China under the so-called Sino-Pakistan ‘Boundary Agreement’ of 1963, he added.
Rajnath told the MPs that the Chinese troops had attempted to alter status quo in May and June and it led to India’s response. “We have told China that such incidents won’t be acceptable to us,” Rajnath said.