Wondering how the government failed to anticipate the situation at LAC, he said, "only after the Defence Minister (Rajnath Singh) made a statement that they (Chinese) came in large numbers did we know of the actual situation.
"So I don't know why we failed in anticipating it. We have an established border defuse mechanism in place."
At least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over 5 decades that has escalated the already volatile border stand-off in the region.
According to Raju, there were disputes over the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and never was the situation escalated to this extent before.
The Chinese would carry out patrolling up to the point where they believe was their border even as the Indian troops go up to the point, which they considered was our border.
He opined that China was resorting to such tactics to divert the global attention from Covid-19 pandemic as it has been subjected to criticism for its alleged failure to check the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed Modi for the loss of lives and demanded that he admit his "failure" to defend the country.
"It is time for @PMOIndia to keep aside his macho posturing & share the facts with the country. Will he come clean & admit his failure to defend Indian territory? Will he accept his fault in continuing talks with China, even while it occupied the Indian territory?," he asked in a series of tweets on Tuesday night.
We lost at least 20 soldiers to Chinese aggression in #GalwanValley, this number could rise in future
My condolences to martyrs' families in this difficult time. We'll be forever grateful for their sacrifice
This is a horrible loss that we he'd last faced 40 years ago [1/n]
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) June 16, 2020
He pointed out that the PM has a constitutional duty to defend the country from external aggression.
Owaisi conveyed his condolences to the families of the martyrs.