Rahul question PM on India-China stand-off; Congress seeks all-party meet

Rahul Gandhi asked that why was the prime minister silent on the issue.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain his "silence" on the clash between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.

Twenty Indian Army personnel including a colonel were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.

"Why is the PM silent? Why is he hiding? Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened," Gandhi said on Twitter.

"How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?" he said.

The Army initially said on Tuesday that an officer and two soldiers were killed. But in a late evening statement it revised the figure to 20 saying 17 others who "were critically injured in the line of duty and exposed to sub-zero temperatures at the standoff location succumbed to their injuries."

 

Government sources said the Chinese side too suffered "proportionate casualties" but chose not to speculate on the number.

It is the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed in the confrontation.

The Congress on Wednesday demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation and call an all party meeting to discuss the situation.

 

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera took to twitter and wrote, "Respected Prime Minister, please address the sad nation. Please call an all party meeting to evolve a unified political posture amidst this national security crisis."

Another Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha also opined that it is a time for great mature political consensus within India in responding to China's dangerous aggression.

"This is a time for great mature political consensus within India in responding to China's dangerous aggression. I don't care if Modi made several outrageous rhetorical comments against our Congress or UPA government in the past. We must rise. Let's be different. Let's be one," Jha said in a tweet.



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