By Ishani Panda
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday questioned the federal government over the strain on the border between India and China, together with the separate statements issued by the Indian and Chinese language overseas ministries over talks held between two seniors officers.
Nationwide Safety Advisor Ajit Doval had spoken with Chinese language overseas minister Wang Yi over video name on Sunday earlier than troopers of the Folks’ Liberation Military (PLA) moved again from the standoff factors within the Galwan space and close to Pangong Tso.
Congress’s Rahul Gandhi today quoted from China’s statement on the Special Representative-level talks following the Ladakh violence and accused the government of failing to protect the national interest.
Citing the Indian and Chinese statements, he questioned why the government has not insisted on the status quo at the Line of Actual Control and why there was no mention of territorial integrity.
On Tuesday, the former Congress president tweeted two photographs of the statements issued by India and China after Sunday’s talk between Doval and Wang.
A part of the Chinese statement has been highlighted in one of the photographs.
“National interest is paramount. GOI’s duty is to protect it,” Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter.
“Then, 1. Why has Status Quo Ante not been insisted on? 2. Why is China allowed to justify the murder of 20 unarmed jawans in our territory? 3. Why is there no mention of the territorial sovereignty of Galwan valley?” Gandhi asked.
On Monday, it was reported that China had withdrawn its forces two kilometres in the Galvan Valley. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval had a two-hour discussion on a video call with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
A few hours after this conversation on Sunday, China decided to call back the army. Doval and Wang’s conversation is learnt to have focused on “full and enduring restoration of peace and tranquillity” along the Line of Actual Control.
The two sides also spoke about working together to avoid such incidents in future, a top government official had said.
Doval and Wang, the two special representatives on the boundary issue, had “a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas”, an external affairs ministry statement had said. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ladakh.
Rahul Gandhi has been relentless with his attack on the government over the border standoff with China in Galwan Valley of eastern Ladakh.
The Congress party has also been taking jibes at the Centre since the June 15 violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley, which resulted in the killing of 20 Indian Army soldiers, including the commanding officer of 16 Bihar Regiment.
It has also been questioning the government whether Indian land has been occupied by China.