“Surrender Modi” is the new moniker Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has chosen for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following the latter’s statement that the Chinese did not enter Indian territory, in the wake of the bloody skirmish with Chinese troops that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers at Galwan Valley in Ladakh.
Sharing an article by The Japan Times which hinted at a purported appeasement of China by India through the Galwan issue, Rahul tweeted, “Narendra Modi is actually Surrender Modi.”
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 21, 2020
On Saturday (June 20) Rahul, had sharpened his attack at the prime minister by accusing him of surrendering Indian territory to “Chinese aggression”.
“If the land was Chinese: Why were our soldiers killed? Where were they killed?” he asked in a tweet that also shared the prime minister’s quote saying “neither anyone has intruded into our territory nor took over any post” at an all-party meeting on Friday (June 19).
In a statement on the all-party meeting called by Modi on Friday to discuss the situation at the India-China border, the government said, “At the outset, prime minister clarified that neither is anyone inside our territory nor is any of our posts captured.”
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), however, said attempts are being made to give a “mischievous interpretation” to Modi’s remarks at the all-party meeting.
The PMO said, “the prime minister’s comments pertained to the situation at the LAC as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces, who foiled an attempt by Chinese troops to transgress into the Galwan Valley.”
Indian and Chinese armies have been on a six-week standoff in several areas of eastern Ladakh. The ties between the two countries came under severe strain after Chinese military killed 20 Indian Army personnel and injured around 76 in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. Other reports said that 10 soldiers including four officers who were taken captive by the Chinese were returned to India after three days of negotiations.
(With inputs from agencies)