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‘Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on border tensions liked by China and Pak, govt ready for robust debate in Parliament’: Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of shallow-minded politics on India-China face-off and said that the ‘Surrender Modi’ remark made by former Congress chief has been encouraged by Pakistan and China.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in an interview with news agency ANI said that the government is ready for robust debate in Parliament over the border tensions and said that ‘1962 se aaj tak do-do hath hojayein (lets discuss from 1962 war onwards till now).

He said that the government was fully capable of handling anti-India propaganda but it was painful when a former President of such a big political party indulges in shallow-minded politics at a time of crisis.

“Yes we are fully capable of handling anti-India propaganda but it does pain when a former President of such a big political party does “ochi rajiniti (shallow-minded politics) at a time of problems. It is a matter of self-introspection for him and Congress that his hashtag is being taken forward by Pakistan and China”, Amit Shah said.

“It is not for me. It is a matter of concern for Congress that hashtag of their leader is being encouraged by Pakistan and China. You say what China and Pakistan like. And at this time of crisis,” added Amit Shah.

Avoiding a question if at present there were Chinese troops on Indian soil, Amit Shah said that it was not the right time comment on the situation in LAC and said that he will answer if the need arises. Amit Shah, however, responded to tweets made by Rahul Gandhi that were critical of the Government’s response to the situation at the LAC with China.

“Parliament honi hai, charcha karni hai to aaiye, karenge. 1962 se aaj tak do-do haath ho jayein. Koi nahi darta charcha se. Jab jawan sangharsh kar rahe hain, sarkar thos kadam utha rahi hai,uss waqt Pak aur China ko khushi ho aisi statements nahi deni chahiye.” (There will be parliament (session). If you want to discuss, we will. Let all be discussed from 1962 to today. No one is afraid of discussion. But when the soldiers of the country are making efforts, the government is taking solid steps after taking a stand. At that time, making statements that please Pakistan and China, this should not be done),” he said.

Rahul Gandhi has been repeatedly targeting the government over the stand-off with China even as most other her opposition parties have backed the government’s stance in the face-off with China in Eastern Ladakh.

On Friday, Gandhi posted a video and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell “the truth” as several accounts were saying that China has made incursions in Eastern Ladakh.

In his tweets, Gandhi has accused Prime Minister of “publicly supporting” China’s claim, termed him as “Surender Modi” and alleged that “PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression”.

Gandhi has also repeated his allegation that Indian soldiers were without weapons during the violent face-off with China on June 15-16 though External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had made it clear that all troops on border duty “always carry arms, especially when leaving the post and those at Galwan on 15 June did so too.”

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