Rahul rebukes Modi’s China policy, says ‘Mr 56” is scared’

New Delhi, November 12 (KMS): Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that India’s national security is “unpardonably compromised” as the Modi government does not have a strategy on China.

Rahul Gandhi cited a news report where the Indian External Affairs Ministry and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) had a different take on the China border issue.

CDS Bipin Rawat on Thursday said the controversy about the Chinese coming into the Indian territory and building a new village is “not true”, and that the villages were well within the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). He also asserted that China has not transgressed the Indian “perception” of the LAC.

In its recent report, the US Department of Defence said China built a large village inside disputed territory between its Tibet Autonomous Region and India’s Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector of the LAC. In an official reaction to the US report, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said India has neither accepted China’s “illegal occupation of its territory nor any unjustified Chinese claims”.

While taking a swipe at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “56-inch chest” remarks, Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter, “Our national security is unpardonably compromised because GOI (Government of India) has no strategy and Mr 56” is scared.”

“My thoughts are with the soldiers risking their lives to guard our borders while GOI churns out lies,” he further said.

In the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi had said it takes a 56-inch chest to convert Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat in terms of development.

Attacking the Modi government over the issue, Congress leader, P Chidambaram, said that it was time Defence Minister Rajnath Singh drew a line in his ministry and asked the CDS to remain “well within his side of the LAC”.