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Ladakh face-off | Why hasn’t India benefitted from your ‘strange bonhomie’ with China: Congress asks PM

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Congress Spokesperson Pawan Khera also asked what role did the India Foundation, an organisation run by Ajit Doval’s son has in strengthening the bonds with China.

The Congress on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why has not India gained anything from the “strange bonhomie” which it claimed he shared with China.

Seeking to turn the tables on the ruling party, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said the BJP also shared bonhomie with the Communist Party of China (CPC) with several party-level exchanges taking place in the past.

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He sought to know whether India’s borders have become safe after these exchanges in the last many years.

The Congress leader asked what has the country gained out of these exchange delegations and why are the borders insecure despite the bonds that the two ruling parties of India and China share with each other.

“There is a strange kind of bonhomie between Narendra Modi and China, a two decade old bonhomie. Why doesn’t the country get the benefit of that bonhomie,” he asked at a virtual press conference.

Mr. Khera said all that the Congress will continue to question is about the political will that just does not get visible when it comes to China.

“Whatever is happening on the border today, is it despite the bonhomie which you have with China, or is it because of the bonhomie which you have with China. The country needs to know,” he asked.

“We do want to ask you, if as president of the party, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Amit Shah have been sending delegations, strengthening the bonds between the Communist Party of China and the BJP. What has the country gained out of these bonds? Why are the borders insecure despite these bonds that you have,” he also asked.

The ruling has hit out at the Congress for signing an MoU with China’s Communist Party and has questioned its “bond” with the ruling party in China.

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Mr. Khera also asked what role did the India Foundation, an organisation run by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s son has in strengthening the bonds with China.

“Why does India Foundation keep visiting these countries? Who do they meet? What’s the outcome? What’s the role of NSA Ajit Doval’s son- Shaurya Doval? He keeps attending these meetings through India Foundation? These are important questions in the light of what is happening,” he asked.

Mr. Khera said the prime minister is showing “red eyes” to those who are asking him questions instead of showing them to the enemy.

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“It is time to stand with the Army and show red eyes to China,” he said.

The Congress leader said questions will be asked to Mr. Modi especially when there are definitive reports, satellite images of incursions in the Ladakh region of India by the Chinese.

He alleged that China laps up the comment of Modi and uses it across the world that the Indian prime minister says that China is in its own territory and Galwan is theirs.

“After a lot of pressure, PMO contradicted what the prime minister said. This kind of a goof up is unpardonable,” he alleged.

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