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Ladakh face-off: Why China praising PM Modi, asks Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi. File  

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked why China was praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi after killing Indian soldiers and “taking away India's land”.

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The Congress took to Twitter and posted a news report published in The Hindu that mentioned how Chinese media praised Mr. Modi's statement at Friday’s all-party meeting and how it would pave the way for de-escalation.

“China killed our soldiers. China took our land. Then, why is China praising Mr Modi during this conflict?” asked Mr. Gandhi as he tagged the news report.

The report had quoted how the Chinese media, including the Communist Party run Global Times, had noted that Mr. Modi's remark about ‘none intruding into Indian territory and none capturing any Indian post’ would actually help in reducing tensions between two powers despite the Government of India giving ‘full freedom’ to its military.

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As Mr. Modi's Friday statement stirred up a political controversy, the Prime Minister's Office issued a clarification and claimed ‘mischievous attempts’ were made to misinterpret his statement.

However, the Opposition has continued to attack Mr. Modi over the statement. His predecessor, Manmohan Singh, cautioned the Prime Minister about ‘national security implications’ arising from such statements.

In a separate tweet, Mr. Gandhi commented on Dr. Singh's advice to Mr. Modi. “An important advice from the former Prime Minister. I hope the Prime Minister will pay heed to it for the sake of the country”, he said in Hindi.

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Dr. Singh's statement also led to a sharp exchange on Twitter between the BJP and the Congress.

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After BJP president J.P. Nadda accused Dr. Singh of presiding over 600 incursions between 2010 and 2013, the Congress hit back with its sets of figures.

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“Dear Sh. Nadda, Pl show the courage to ask Modi Govt about-: 1. 2,264 Chinese transgressions since 2015. 2. Martyrdom of 471 jawans & 253 civilians in J&K alone, highest in 30 years. 3. 3,289 ceasefire violations by Pak in 2019 alone, highest in 16 years, up from 583 in 2014”, its chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

“Stop compromising on ‘National Security’ & India’s ‘Territorial Integrity’. This would be the biggest disservice to our Armed Forces & our 20 martyrs. Don’t buckle down, have the strength to ‘rise to the occasion’. We’ll give the Govt every support”, he added.

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