In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, said Modi is scared of China.
He added that China knows the Prime Minister will compromise the nation's interests. "Essentially the Chinese occupied certain strategic areas in our country. They first tested the idea in Dokhlam. They tested the idea to see how India would react and they noticed India did not react. And then they carried out the idea again in Ladakh and also, I believe, in Arunachal Pradesh," he said.
Rahul, while launching his three-day tour of Tamil Nadu ahead of the April 6 Assembly polls, spoke out in detail over Sino-India border issues. The Wayanad MP said that Modi's first reaction to the Chinese incursions was "that nobody has come into India."
"That indicated to the Chinese that the Prime Minister of India is scared of them. That is the message he indicated to the Chinese, that he is scared of them and the Chinese understood it. And since then, the Chinese have negotiated on that principle," he said.
"They know that the Prime Minister of India cannot stand up to them. Mark my words, our land in Depsang, which is the most important land, is not going to come back to under this government. The Prime Minister will not get that land back. He will pretend everything is sorted out, but India is going to lose that territory," Rahul asserted.
Meanwhile, in yet another open dare to the Congress, the group of 23 dissenting Congress leaders (commonly known as 'G23'), who had earlier written a strongly worded letter to Sonia Gandhi over the party's leadership crisis last year, met in Jammu on Saturday and said the party is getting "weaker" and they are raising their voice for the party's betterment.
The G23 leaders, comprising Congress veterans like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma, among others, said they are seeing the Congress party "getting weaker" across the nation. "The truth is that we see Congress party getting weak. That is why we have gathered here. We had gathered together earlier too and we have to strengthen the party together," Sibal said.
The G23 leaders met in Jammu for an event titled 'Shanti Sammelan' (peace conference). The event was organised by Azad and saw attendance of leaders like Sibal, Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Raj Babbar, Manish Tewari, and Vivek Tankha.