Lie that PM went to forward locations: Cong

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/5/2020 12:29:00 AM

NEW DELHI, July 4: The Congress on Saturday busted Prime Minister Modi's claim of visiting the forward locations on Friday to encourage the Indian soldiers, pointing out that he had rather stopped 230 km away at Nimu, Leh, instead of going up to Galwan valley encroached by the Chinese forces with radar, helipad and other constructions on the Indian soil.
Its senior MP Kapil Sibal said Jawaharlal Nehru had rather gone to the forward location NEFA in the 1962 war with China and so did two other prime ministers, Indira Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, but Modi dared not venture out to meet the forces parked in the forward positions, face to face with the Chinese forces. Was the PM scared of entering the Indian areas under the Chinese possession, he asked.
He said photographs of the actual accession by the Chinese do not tell the lie and wanted the Prime Minister to clarify whether the Chinese have not captured the Galwan valley in Ladakh, including Patrol point 14 where 20 soldiers of the 16th Bihar Regiment offered the highest sacrifice? Has the Chinese also not captured the "hot springs" located in the Indian territory, he asked, pointing out that the Chinese have come 18 km inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Indian side by capturing the Y junction in Depsong Place, endangering India's DBO airport, which is the lifeline of the armed supplies to our soldiers at Siachen glacier and Karakorum pass.
Sibal pointed out that the local councillors of Ladakh, including the BJP councillor, had sent a memorandum to the PM back in February about the Chinese capturing the Indian territory. Had the PM acted on this warning on time, India could have stopped the incursion, he said.
He urged the Prime Minister to follow the "Raj Dharm" at any cost to tell the Chinese to vacate the Indian soil occupied by them illegally.



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