India's key opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has faced a barrage of social media attacks from netizens for claiming at a public meeting that he would have “thrown out” the Chinese troops from the Indian territory had his Congress Party been in power.
“If we were in power, we would have thrown out China (troops from the People’s Liberation Army) 100 km away from the border in less than 15 minutes", said the Congress parliamentarian on Tuesday, addressing a public meeting in the northern state of Haryana.
However, Rahul’s remarks didn’t go down too well with social media users, who sought to remind the Congress leader that his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru was the prime minister when India lost a border war to China back in 1962.
Whose Great Grandfather slept while China occupied Tibet & Aksai Chin??— Shivani Sharma (@Shivani2297) October 7, 2020
The erstwhile Congress government led by PM Jawaharlal Nehru had completely failed in safeguarding India’s border with China during the 1962 war leading to Himalayan blunder. https://t.co/7l4XXFUg83
I can go on and on about the tragedy of this statement, but will mention the most famous of all.— Nanjesh Patel (ನಂಜು) (@nanjeshpatel) October 7, 2020
In 1958 (IIRC) when inputs came in that Cheeni's were building a road in Aksai Chin, Nehru told in the parliament, 'not even a blade of grass grows there'. So much for 'Deshabhakti'. https://t.co/eSnTXhvbwM
Who has given Aksai Chin?— M D KUMAR 🇮🇳🙏 (@MDKUMAR16952467) October 6, 2020
India lost to China in 62 due to myopic vision and mediocre leadership of Nehru ji.
Who gave UN Permanent membership to China?
Have you heard," Gas to the World ash to Country and cash to the family"?? https://t.co/ZrgUmCaGSv
PM Modi a ‘Coward’
During his speech, Rahul lashed out at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for denying that Chinese troops had intruded into India's territory in the eastern Ladakh region, located near the tri-junction of India, China, and Pakistan.
“The coward PM says nobody has intruded into our land. Today, there is just one country in the world whose land has been taken by another country. And the PM calls himself a patriot”, Rahul thundered during his speech. He was referring to Prime Minister Modi’s remarks during an all-party meeting in June on Chinese border incursions. Modi famously declared back then that Chinese forces hadn’t occupied Indian land, in the wake of deadly clashes between the forces of the two countries in the Galwan Valley.
Rahul claimed that approximately 1,200 square kilometres of Indian territory have been occupied by China since May this year in the Ladakh region.
Beijing and New Delhi have held six rounds of military commander-level talks in a bid to find a peaceful resolution to the standoff.
Officials from the two countries also met for a 19th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on 30 September.
“The two sides attached importance to the meetings between the two Defence Ministers and the two Foreign Ministers held earlier this month. They also noted that the agreement between the two Foreign Ministers should be sincerely implemented to ensure disengagement at all the friction points along the LAC”, read a press release from India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) after the meeting.