On Tuesday Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, JP Nadda, accused Rahul Gandhi of trying to “divide the nation” and “demoralise” the country’s armed forces as he questioned the Congress leader over his jibes at the Centre’s handling of the border tension with China.
The BJP president’s latest tweet has added to the war of words between the ruling party at the Centre and the opposition over last week’s border violent standoff with China in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.
Twenty Indian Army soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in the deadly clash with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh on 15 June.
Since then the Congress party has been relentless in its attacks on the government. On Monday, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said a PM must be mindful of the implications of his words on a nation’s strategic interests and that “disinformation” was no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership.
Rahul Gandhi has alleged that PM Modi surrendered Indian territory to the Chinese and said he hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi will “politely” accept Singh’s advice for the betterment of India.
Even on Tuesday, the former Congress president kept up with his criticism of the government in a tweet.
After Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, Nadda asked whether it was the “effect” of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) the Congress had signed with the Communist Party of China.
“First, Congress signs MoU with the Chinese Communist Party. Then, Congress surrenders land to China. During Doklam issue, Rahul Gandhi secretly goes to the Chinese embassy. During crucial situations, Rahul Gandhi tries to divide the nation and demoralise armed forces. Effects of MoU?” Nadda asked in a tweet.
The BJP president was referring to the MoU signed by the two parties in 2008 to facilitate high-level exchange between them and consult each other over important regional and international issues.
The two parties had signed a memorandum of understanding in 2008 to facilitate high-level exchange between them and consult each other over important regional and international issues.
The BJP has cited this to attack the Congress as the opposition party has become increasingly aggressive against the Narendra Modi government over its handling of the border standoff with China.
In 2008, Rahul Gandhi, then a Congress general secretary, and Xi Jinping, then a senior functionary of his party and now China’s president, had signed the MoU.
JP Nadda had, in a series of tweets, questioned Manmohan Singh’s statement over the 15 June brutal clash in Galwan Valley.
“Dear Dr. Singh and Congress Party, Please stop insulting our forces repeatedly, questioning their valour. You did this post the air strikes and surgical strikes. Please understand the true meaning of national unity, especially in such times. It’s never too late to improve,” Nadda had tweeted on Monday.
Before that, he had questioned the Congress party on the same lines while addressing a virtual rally in Rajasthan on Sunday.
As many as 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in Galwan valley in Ladakh last week.