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BJP hits back at Rahul for questioning PM Modi's silence over China

News Agencies | Updated on: 8 July 2017, 9:47 IST

After Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence over the China issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Saturday slammed the former saying that the Centre will never comprise on the ground of India's sovereignty, security and strategic interest.

"Rahul Gandhi has come back to the country it appears that is why we have heard the sudden statement. In any case with regards to any issue, whether it's China or anything else, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi leadership India's sovereignty, security and strategic interest can never be comprised," BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI.

He further said the Central Government is entitled to take appropriate action and will do accordingly.

Rahul had questioned Prime Minister Modi over his silence on the issue with China.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul wrote, "Why is our Prime Minister silent on China?"

India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, but China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.

Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle.

The Chinese and Indian security forces posted at Doklam, an area near the Sikkim border, are locked in a standoff for almost a month now.

On July 2, the Indian Army rushed additional troops to the area to engage the Chinese People's Liberation Army in a "non-combative mode".

This was in response to the Chinese transgression in Doklam where the PLA destroyed two Indian Army forward bunkers, claiming that India was violating its territorial sovereignty.

Releasing details of the events that preceded the current impasse, the Indian Army had said its troops prevented the Chinese servicemen and machines from furthering damage or transgressing into the area.

Additional forces from nearby brigade headquarters, located 20 km from the face off point, were moved in on June 8 during which a scuffle led to soldiers on both sides suffering minor injuries.

This is the longest standoff between the two Armies since 1962.

On July 4, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the issue with China requires greater attention and needs to be handled in a balanced and patient way.

The Prime Minister has, however, has maintained silence over the issue.


First published: 8 July 2017, 9:47 IST