Attacking the opposition party BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prashad said on Wednesday that It is no longer the India of 1962 and the country is led by a “courageous” leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not by the Congress, seeking to fend off the attack by the opposition party on the government’s handling of the Sino-India border standoff.
He also asked whether it is right for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to raise questions about such a crucial matter of the Sino-India border situation.
He said that the leader should have this much understanding as to not raise queries on Twitter about strategic issues involving China.
Speaking at a ”virtual rally” for Himachal Pradesh, Mr. Prasad said when India works to become self-reliant, it will also do so in matters of security and referred to surgical and airstrikes targeting terrorists inside Pakistan during the first term of the Modi government.
“We (India) want disputes to be resolved peacefully. We will say one thing very humbly that today India is the India of 2020 and not 1962. Today’s India is of a courageous leader like Narendra Modi and not of Congress leaders.
Mr. Prasad asked if it is proper for him to raise such questions openly about crucial matters related to external affairs, and said the Congress leader had also sought “evidence” following Indian surgical and airstrikes inside Pakistan.
This must be understood,” he said, without making any direct comment on the standoff.
Targeting the Congress, he said when the matter involving China is discussed, then the party’s handling of the country, a reference to 1962, will also be debated
In his recent tweet on Jan 10, Rahul Gandhi directly attacks Prime minister Narendra Modi.
“The Chinese have walked in and taken our territory in Ladakh.
The PM is absolutely silent and has vanished from the scene.”
India-china acknowledgment of tensions on the border came on May 10, when the Army stated clashes between Indian and Chinese patrols at two places.
Counter attacking his statement Mr. Prashad said that Mr. Rahul Gandhi should have this much understanding as to not raise questions about the strategic issues of India China on the border situation.
Congress was in power in 1962 when china had defeated India.
Pointing out this he also said that India is India of 2020, not 1962.
India is in the hands of the “courageous” leader like Narendra Modi, not Congress leader.
India wants the issues to get resolved with the peace he added.
Targetting Rahul Gandhi, Mr. Prashad also said that He is the one who asked for the proof after the Balacoat attack.
“Rahul Gandhiji you are the one who also asked for the proof of the Indian army’s sacrifice after URI’s Surgical strike.”
He said Rahul Gandhi to understand the situation and pointed out the India china war of 1962 when Congress was in power.
“How Congress tried to handle the situation with China during the war.”
“It is important that we stay united as a country at this point.” He further added.