The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday hit back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s claim that India is ignoring threats of war from China, accusing him of trying to demoralize the army and lashing out at his great-grandfather, former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru .
Earlier in the day, Mr Gandhi told reporters during a stopover during his Bharat Jodo Yatra that China was preparing for war while the Indian government was turning a blind eye to it and ignoring the threat.
Responding to the comments, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Rajyavardan Singh Rathore said, “Rahul Gandhi believed that China should remain close. Now, he has established such a close relationship to As for what he knows China will do.”
“During his yatra, Rahul Gandhi made comments about Indian security and border areas to sow chaos in the country and demoralize Indian soldiers. This was not his great-grandfather Nehru’s India, He lost 37,242 square kilometers to China while he slept,” he told a news conference in New Delhi, referring to the 1962 war between India and China.
He said Mr Gandhi should not have made “irresponsible remarks about national security” in order to “reboot” himself.
After Rahul Gandhi’s great-grandfather ceded his land to China, Mr Rathore said, “Now he feels that he should be close to China, so close to China that he knows what China will do.”
Mr Rathore attacked Congress with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, led by Sonia Gandhi, saying “it’s on the Chinese Communist Party’s payroll. The Congress Party signed a deal with the Chinese Communist Party.”
Mr Rathore, a former federal minister, claimed that there were many irregularities in China during the Congress-led UPA government.
Border infrastructure spending has tripled since the Narendra Modi government took office in 2014. The country is now firmly guarding its borders and territory, he added.
Earlier in the day, Mr Gandhi said, “I can see the Chinese threat very clearly. I have been aware of it for the last two or three years, but the government is trying to cover it up and ignore it. This threat can neither be hidden Or ignored. The Indian government is in full offensive preparations in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh and they are sleeping.”
“The government doesn’t want to hear this, but their (China) preparations are underway. The preparations are for war. It’s not for invasion, it’s for war. If you look at their weapons patterns, and what they’re doing — They are preparing for war. Our government is hiding this and it is unacceptable,” the former Congress president said.
This, he said, was because the government of Narendra Modi was doing “event-based work” rather than “working without strategy”.
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