New Delhi: The Congress hit out at the central government over its "indifference" towards Chinese incursions, with vice-president Rahul Gandhi questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "silence" on the issue.
The Congress also said in an article on its website that the Modi government's foreign policy was defined by "the prime minister's search for holiday destinations and photo opportunities" instead of serving India's interests.
"His (Modi's) foreign policy is defined by 'hyperbole and empty rhetoric'. He believes, falsely, that talking tough in election rallies is the same as being tough on China on the diplomatic front," it said.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi also posted on Twitter, "Why is our Prime Minister silent on China?"
Party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also tweeted this, saying that the PM's silence on China was "baffling". "How did the situation spiral? Why did the government not consult political parties," he asked.
He said China and the Chinese ambassador were using "provocative and aggressive" language vis-a-vis the India-China standoff. "Will the prime minister say what's our response? Will he tell the nation what's the way forward to solve the stalemate or if heaping praise is the only way forward," he asked.
Surjewala said India's "solemn duty" was to protect its and Bhutan's borders and territory. "What is the government and Modi doing to address these strategic concerns?" he asked in a tweet.
During the 10 years of the UPA government, the party said, former prime minister Manmohan Singh had ensured that India balanced its relations with all major world powers. "We ensured that any transgression on the part of China was deftly handled and the UPA understood the nature of global politics and diplomacy," the article stated.
Realising that Modi was a "master bluster rather than a man of action", China, through its government-controlled media, made open threats to India and talked of teaching India a "bitter lesson", it said. "What has surprised and shocked the nation is the meek response of the Modi government. This is the same Narendra Modi whose spin doctors said that he would show 'red eyes' to China, and they would go running back. The only 'red' we have seen is the aggression of China," the article said.
Congress also stated that in the face of these provocative statements by China, "Home Minister Rajnath Singh merely said that Chinese intrusions were about perception. Perception? Tell that to our brave jawans who had to resist the Chinese aggression," the party said.
In the last 45 days, there have been nearly 120 Chinese incursions, it added. Indian bunkers have been destroyed and Chinese warships and submarines were reportedly spotted in the Indian Ocean, the Congress said. "China recently halted the passage of religious pilgrims of the Mansarovar Yatra and posted pictures of the destroyed bunkers. In June, 2017, two Chinese army choppers also violated the Indian air space in Uttarakhand," the article said.
Hailing the foreign policies of the UPA government, the Congress said realising the potential threats to India's territorial integrity, "The UPA had approved a Mountain Strike Corps, which would enhance the Indian Army's capability by adding 90,000 personnel."
The opposition party also alleged that since the Modi government had come to power, there had been a "squeeze on the release of funds and thus a shortfall in ammunition and equipment" for units already raised. "If indeed India's economy is booming, according to the BJP, why are the funds to defend India not being spent?" the party asked.
Published Date: Jul 07, 2017 23:04 PM | Updated Date: Jul 07, 2017 23:04 PM