Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has requested alliance accomplice and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi not to politicise problems with nationwide curiosity with respect to India-China standoff.
Taking a swipe at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar urged him not to politicise issues of nationwide safety, and keep in mind that after the 1962 India-China conflict, 45,000 sq. km of Indian territory was occupied by the Chinese.
Remember what happened in 1962, Sharad Pawar to Rahul Gandhi
“Let’s not forget what happened in 1962 when China occupied 45,000 square km of India’s territory. While levelling such allegations, one must also consider what happened in the past,” stated the previous Defence Minister.
Pawar was responding to questions on Gandhi’s accusations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had surrendered Indian territory to China in the latest border skirmishes in Galwan Valley of Ladakh.
He reiterated that such issues of nationwide safety shouldn’t be politicised, referring to the disputed Aksai Chin space below China’s management however claimed by India.
Centre cannot be blamed for developments in Galwan: Pawar
Giving a breather to the Centre, Pawar stated it can’t be blamed for the developments in Galwan Valley since Indian troopers tried to push again the Chinese troopers once they tried to encroach on our territory.
“If our army had not been alert, we would not have known about the Chinese actions… The scuffle means we were vigilant or we would have been caught unawares. To term it as a failure of the Defence Minister or anyone else is not correct, and it is unfair to make such allegations,” stated Pawar.
Sharad Pawar refers to India-China settlement
The NCP chief additionally referred to the India-China settlement in which each nations determined not to carry firearms on the LAC.
On June 15, 20 troopers of the Bihar Regiment, together with its commander, have been killed after clashes with Chinese troopers on the Galwan Valley, sparking off a significant political fracas.
The NCP is a element of the 3-party alliance comprising the Shiv Sena and the Congress in the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities in Maharashtra.
(With inputs from IANS)