Amid row over Rahul Gandhi's Kailash Mansarovar visit, Chinese envoy says all pilgrims from India will be welcomed

New Delhi: Amid a row over Rahul Gandhi's Kailash Mansarovar visit last year after the Congress chief on Friday said he had also met Chinese ministers during his trip, Beijing's envoy said all Indian pilgrims were welcome to the country.

"The Chinese government, the Chinese side will welcome all pilgrims from India," Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui said, in response to a question on Rahul's meeting with his country's ministers.

Earlier in the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused Rahul of acting as a "Chinese propagandist" and asked him to give complete details of his meeting with China's ministers and officials during his Kailash Mansarovar visit and questioned why had he not kept the Indian government informed about it.

"The Kailash Mansarovar yatra was an excuse. He had gone to meet these ministers. Rahul is not an ordinary citizen. Why did he not inform the Ministry of External Affairs? Why was the Indian embassy not kept in loop? We want to know the details of his talks," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters.

The ruling party's attack on Rahul came after the Congress president told a public meeting in Odisha that the Chinese ministers had told him during his Kailash Mansarovar visit in August-September last year that job creation was not a problem in their country. "When I had gone to Kailash, I had met a couple of their ministers and they had said job creation was not a problem in China at all," Rahul had said.

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Updated Date: Jan 27, 2019 09:14:28 IST

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