New Delhi, July 4
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Leh and addressed frontline troopers, the Congress on Saturday mentioned the time has come for him to observe his “raj dharma” and inform the individuals of the nation concerning the actuality of Chinese “incursions”.
Addressing a digital press meet, Congress chief Kapil Sibal used satellite tv for pc photos of Ladakh’s Pangong Tso from May and June to point out Chinese buildings within the space and requested the prime minister to at the very least converse the reality about it.
He additionally requested Modi to cease doing the politics of “illusion and delusion” and exhibiting “red eyes” to China, and shield Indian territory.
“The times warrant India to look eye-to-eye at China and unequivocally tell them to retreat from their illegal and brazen occupation of Indian territory. Mr Prime Minister, this is the only ‘raj dharma’ that you must follow,” Sibal mentioned.
Posing a set of 5 inquiries to the prime minister, he requested Modi to say whether or not the precise image of “Chinese occupation of our territory” as much as the “Finger 4 Ridge” within the Pangong Tso space depicts the reality on the bottom.
“They say ‘pictures do not lie’. Will the prime minister now inform the nation—is that this Indian territory on which radars, helipad and different buildings have been constructed by the Chinese in a brazen act of transgression?
“Have the Chinese occupied our territory in Galwan Valley, including ‘Patrol Point 14’, where our 20 jawans of the 16 Bihar Regiment made the supreme sacrifice? Has China also occupied Indian territory in Hot Springs?” the Congress chief requested.
“Has China occupied our territory up to ‘Y-Junction’ (18 kms inside the LAC) in the Depsang plains, threatening India’s strategic DBO airstrip, which is the lifeline for our military supplies to the Siachen glacier and Karakoram pass?” he requested.
On Modi saying this isn’t the India of 1962 and the period of expansionism is over, the previous Union minister mentioned Jawaharlal Nehru, the primary prime minister of the nation, had instructed China then that India won’t ever settle for the Chinese claim-line.
According to Sibal, Nehru wrote to China, saying India won’t ever undergo the demand for it to simply accept the Chinese 1959 line, regardless of the penalties and nonetheless lengthy and laborious the battle could also be.
The Congress chief mentioned paradoxically, the Chinese 1959 line clearly depicted the whole Galwan Valley in India and it was solely on June 16, 2020, a day after the deadly clashes, that China formally laid declare, for the primary time ever, to the whole Galwan Valley.
Sibal mentioned former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri had visited ahead areas to spice up the morale of Indian troopers and Nehru had additionally visited troopers within the ahead areas in NEFA in 1962 to spice up their morale.
“But it appears that our prime minister stayed 230 km away in Nimu, Leh,” the he mentioned, taking a swipe at Modi’s go to.
“Isn’t it correct that the local councillors of Ladakh, including BJP councillors, submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Modi in February about the capture of our land by China? What action did the prime minister take? Had he acted, wouldn’t we have been able to pre-empt the brazen Chinese transgressions?” Sibal requested.
In a transparent message to China, Modi on Friday mentioned the period of expansionism is over and that India’s enemies have seen the “fire and fury” of its armed forces, as he made an unannounced go to to Ladakh, signalling India’s firmness in coping with the border row with the neighbouring nation.
In an tackle to troops in Nimu, the prime minister paid glowing tributes to the 20 Indian troopers killed within the Galwan Valley clashes and mentioned tales of the bravery and valour of the armed forces are echoing in each a part of the nation.
“Bharat Mata’s enemies have seen your fire and fury,” Modi mentioned, in an obvious reference to the army clashes between the Indian and Chinese troops, and asserted that bravery is a prerequisite for peace and that the weak can by no means accomplish it. PTI