India govt does not have strategy on China and Mr 56” is scared: Rahul Gandhi

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that India’s national security is “unpardonably compromised” as the Narendra Modi government does not have a strategy on China.

Taking Twitter, the key Opposition leader cited a news report by PTI news agency where the External Affairs Ministry and the Chief of Defence Staff had a different take on the China border issue.

“Our national security is unpardonably compromised because GOI has no strategy and Mr 56″ is scared,” Gandhi said.

Gandhi said his “thoughts are with the soldiers risking their lives to guard” India’s borders while the union government “churns out lies.”

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat on Thursday said the controversy about the Chinese coming into the Indian territory and building a new village is “not true”, and that the villages were well within the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), according to the PTI news report cited by Gandhi.

Rawat also asserted that China has not transgressed the Indian “perception” of the LAC.

In its annual report to the United States Congress titled ‘Military and Security developments involving the People’s Republic of China, 2021,’ the Pentagon furnished details of a 100-home civilian village built by China in the disputed parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

In an official reaction to the US report, the External Affairs Ministry said India has neither accepted China’s “illegal occupation of its territory nor any unjustified Chinese claims.”

Congress leader and former union minister P Chidambaram also started a fresh attack, saying it is time Defence Minister Rajnath Singh drew a line in his ministry and asked the CDS to remain “well within his side of the LAC.”

“MEA said that China is in ‘illegal occupation’ of Indian territory and India will not accept ‘unjustified Chinese claims. Within hours, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) said that the Chinese ‘have not transgressed anywhere on our perception of the LAC’ and they are ‘well within their side of the LAC’,” Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.

He went on to say: “The Chinese are laughing all the way from their Plenum to the 20th Congress of the Communist party. It is time for the Defence Minister to draw a LAC in the Defence Ministry and ask the CDS to remain well within his side of the LAC.”