Why is PM 'silent', why is he 'hiding', asks Rahul on India-China face-off
Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. Most importantly, this is the first military confrontation between India and China since 1975 in which Indian soldiers have been martyred.
Rahul Gandhi has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the martyrdom of Indian soldiers and the fierce clash between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh. The former Congress president, on Wednesday, said that the country needs to know what happened in the Galwan valley.
Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. Most importantly, this is the first military confrontation between India and China since 1975 in which Indian soldiers have been martyred. Probably, also the first in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.
"Why is the PM silent? Why is he hiding? Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened," Gandhi said. He further added in the tweet, "How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?"
Gandhi, later in a video message, said, “Two days back our 20 soldiers were martyred.” Appealing to PM Modi to address the nation, the former Congress president said, “China has captured our land, they have grabbed our land. Where are you hiding, Prime Minister?”
“The country is standing united with you. Come out and tell us the truth. Don’t be afraid,” Gandhi said in the video message.
Notably, on Tuesday, the Army had initially said that an officer and two soldiers were killed during the confrontation. But later in the evening, the Army statement revised the figure to 20. It said 17 others who "were critically injured in the line of duty and exposed to sub-zero temperatures at the standoff location succumbed to their injuries."
The government sources said the Chinese side too suffered "proportionate casualties" but chose not to speculate on the number.
It is the biggest confrontation between the two nuclear powers after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed in the confrontation.
Notably, PM Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are yet to speak a word about the supreme sacrifice of our soldiers.
(With inputs from PTI)