BJP resorting to ‘cheap distractions’, ought to reply questions raised by Rahul on border difficulty: Congress


New Delhi, July 6

The Congress on Monday accused the BJP of resorting to “cheap distractions and stunts” to “manage headlines” throughout the India-China border disaster after the ruling celebration attacked Rahul Gandhi for not attending conferences of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence.

The Opposition celebration additionally mentioned that had the BJP authorities spent its vitality in preventing China and supporting the armed forces, it will not should “lie” and “mislead” the nation on the Chinese transgressions on the border.

The Congress’ counter got here after BJP chief JP Nadda took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi who has been firing salvos on the Modi authorities each day over the border stand-off.

Nadda had mentioned Gandhi didn’t attend a single assembly of the Standing Committee on Defence however continued to demoralise the nation and query the valour of armed forces.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hit again at Nadda saying his “insidious comments” are making him seem like a “poorer version of malicious BJP spokespersons”.

“Had the BJP and the Modi Government spent its energy in fighting China and supporting our Armed Forces, you wouldn’t need to lie on the Chinese transgressions to mislead the nation,” he mentioned on Twitter.

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera mentioned the federal government had not known as any assembly of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence for over the past three months at a time when there had been rigidity on the border in Ladakh.

He additionally claimed that the BJP was “rattled” as a result of its “flimsy” and “individual-centric” international coverage had failed and was resorting to “cheap diversionary tactics”.

“Why resort to such cheap distractions. China is making incursions into Indian territory at six to seven points in Ladakh and the Prime Minister is giving a clean chit to China, saying ‘there has been no incursion and no one has occupied our land or post’,” he mentioned.

Accusing the BJP of resorting to headline administration, the Congress chief mentioned it didn’t work past a degree.

“These are cheap stunts to manage headlines. Instead of responding to questions asked by Rahul Gandhi, whether on coronavirus, foreign policy, economy or the border standoff, you (the BJP) respond by attacking the one who has asked the question,” he mentioned.

Asking the BJP authorities to focus on China and never Gandhi, Khera mentioned: “China will not go back by attacking Rahul Gandhi, so attack China instead”.

Khera mentioned the federal government ought to reply responsibly and reply questions posed to it.

“Your foreign policy has become a victim of event management. Governments do not run on headlines management. How long can you continue doing this?” he requested.

Khera additionally alleged that the federal government had the behavior of attacking the one asking exhausting questions, be it on the economic system, the unfold of the virus, migrant labourers, international coverage or the border difficulty.

“How long will you succeed in distractions,” he requested.

Surjewala additionally posed a number of queries to the BJP chief.

“Is cutting Rs 11,000 CR of ‘Dearness Pay’ of 15 Lakh Members of our Armed Forces & 26 Lakh Military Pensioners (from 1/1/2020 to 30/6/2021) Modi Govt’s way of encouragement or a Machiavellian hit job?” he tweeted

“Did the Estimates Committee of Parliament headed by ex BJP president, Sh MM Joshi submit a report citing that defence expenditure was ‘lowest since 1962’ — lowest in 56 yrs? Is this Modi Government’s way of enhancing the morale of our Armed Forces?” Surjewala requested in one other tweet.

He mentioned if the Modi authorities had listened to the Standing Committee on Defence, headed by Gen BC Khanduri, which held that “68 per cent of our ‘equipment is vintage’ and there have been inadequate assets for the ‘construction of strategic roads on China Border’.

Surjewala additionally requested whether or not the panel held that regardless of PMO’s intervention having been sought on the allocation of the enough defence price range, “the PMO chose not to act”.

“Is this the PM’s concern for defence preparedness,” he requested.

He additionally requested why the Modi authorities shelved the creation of 90,000-strong “Mountain Strike Corps” to be carved out as a countermeasure to Chinese construct up on our borders.

“Why did you deny our armed forces this strategic firepower to take on the Chinese forces,” he requested.

Alleging that China dedicated 2,264 transgressions on Indian territory since 2015 below the Modi authorities, he requested: “Why did the BJP Government not act upon this premeditated Chinese design?”

Targeting Rahul Gandhi, Nadda had mentioned he “belongs to that glorious dynastic tradition where as far as defence is concerned, committees don’t matter, only commissions do”. PTI



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