Congress lauded the “valour” of Indian Army after reports of partial Chinese withdrawal from some points in Ladakh, even as it demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise for his “no intrusion” remark to stop it from being milked by China.
AICC spokesman Pawan Khera said, “Our brave Army has been trying to push the Chinese army back. We are happy about the reports of China retreating. We are proud of our Army and soldiers. But PM Modi’s statement that there was no foreign intrusion was promptly used by China as a clean chit to them and China used it to claim the Galwan valley. That statement has to be clarified now since China can only be withdrawing if it has come into the Indian territory.”
Khera said the PM or the defence minister should tell the nation about the situation on the Ladakh border and if the status quo as it existed in April 2020 has been restored. “India should keep pushing till China withdraws completely,” he added.
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma tweeted, "Reports of Chinese troops withdrawal from Galwan Valley is a positive development. Disengagement and de - escalation on LAC is a priority. India must insist for pullback in Pangong Tso. There is need for eternal vigil."
Congress also chided the PM for shying away from China's bete noire Dalai Lama. AICC spokesman Randeep Surjewala tweeted, "We waited for the PM to lead the nation in wishing HE the Dalai Lama a very Happy Birthday. Modi ji may have had his compulsions for not doing so. On behalf of the entire Nation, we wish HE @DalaiLama a long and healthy life. We are privileged for your blessings ."
At the same time, Congress accused the BJP of giving China the priority in investments and alleged that intrusions have brought no halt to the process in the PM’s home state of Gujarat.
Spokesman Khera said MOUs for Chinese investment in Gujarat have totaled Rs 45,000 crore over last five years and decisions in this regard have also been taken during the last 20 days. He referred specially to Chinese industrial park in Dholera.
“Modi has had close relations with China since he was the CM. Will the PM or the Gujarat government rethink this pro-China policy and if the contracts to China will be cancelled," Khera asked.