April 2, 2023

Congress stated S Jaishankar tried to divert consideration from the Centre’s “failed China policy”. (File)

New Delhi:

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s sharp digs at Rahul Gandhi over his feedback on the experiences of lack of Indian territory to China drew a pointy retort at the moment from the Congress, which dropped a brand new time period to focus on the federal government with – “DDLJ”.

Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh stated since May 2020, the Modi authorities’s technique to cope with Chinese incursions in Ladakh might be summed up as “DDLJ – Deny, Distract, Lie, Justify”.

Mr Jaishankar’s feedback had been merely an try and divert consideration from the federal government’s “failed China policy”.

“No amount of obfuscation can hide the fact that the Modi government has sought to cover up India’s biggest territorial setback in decades that followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s naive wooing of President Xi Jinping. We suggest that EAM Jaishankar and the government spend more time trying to get Chinese troops out of Depsang and Demchok and less time on blaming the opposition for their own incompetence.”

On Saturday, Mr Jaishankar stated the land that opposition leaders stated had been occupied by China “was in fact occupied in 1962“, in a reference to the struggle when Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister. The Foreign Minister stated typically “they (opposition)” unfold information they know is fake.

He was reacting to Rahul Gandhi citing a report by a senior police officer that India has misplaced entry to 26 of 65 patrolling factors in Eastern Ladakh.

“There is no comparison between 1962, when India went to war with China to defend its territory, and 2020 after which India has acquiesced to Chinese aggression with denials followed by ‘disengagements’ in which India has lost access to thousands of square kilometres of territory,” Mr Ramesh stated.

The Congress chief additionally referred to what he referred to as an “implied cheap shot at Rahul Gandhi” by the Foreign Minister for assembly the Chinese ambassador in 2017.

“(It) is ironic to say the least coming from someone who as ambassador to the US during the Obama administration presumably met with leading Republicans. Are opposition leaders not entitled to meet diplomats from countries that are important from a trade, investment and security standpoint,” Mr Ramesh questioned.

He stated the federal government “should have been truthful from the start and taken the opposition into confidence” by discussing the China disaster in parliamentary standing committees, debating it in parliament, or at the very least talking with leaders of main political events.

“It is extraordinary that (Foreign Minister) Jaishankar has admitted on several occasions that he has no idea why China has turned aggressive on the Line of Actual Control, notwithstanding the unusually frequent contacts between PM Modi and President Xi Jinping and the PM’s boast that he enjoys a special ‘Plus One’ relationship with President Xi,” the Congress chief stated.

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