Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday lashed out at PM Narendra Modi over his statement on the ongoing conflict between India and China along the LAC in Ladakh.
While pointing out that the PM had contradicted statements made by the Chief of Army Staff Manoj Mukund Naravane, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Chidambaram reiterated Congress’ support to the government at this time of crisis.
“Congress stands by our defence forces and is prepared to make any sacrifice to ensure they are battle-ready,” he said. Addressing the media through video conference, Chidambaram went on to pose 10 questions to the government on behalf of the Congress party and demanded that it should respond to them and clear the air.
Here are the questions posed by him:
“The defence of the nation and its territorial integrity is dear to the heart of every Indian. We, therefore, seek answers to the questions with a view to re-double our commitment and present a picture of unity and solidarity,” Chidambaram said.
It may be recalled here that the PM, in an all-party meeting on Friday, said that “no one has entered Indian territory, no one captured any Indian post”.
Hours after PM Modi’s statement, the Chinese foreign ministry in a written statement made a fresh claim on Galwan Valley. Terming the new claim as a “step by step account of the Galwan clash”, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that “the sovereignty of the Galwan River Valley has always been ours.”