GoI’s silence on border situation with China is fuelling uncertainty in crisis: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked the government of India to come clean on the border standoff with China and tell the country what exactly is happening as its silence is fuelling speculation and uncertainty.

“The Government’s silence about the border situation with China is fuelling massive speculation and uncertainty at a time of crisis,” he said on Twitter.

“The government of India must come clean and tell India exactly what’s happening,” Gandhi added.

The comments come in the aftermath of a standoff between India and China and a subsequent troop buildup along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh region.

The situation deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a violent fist-fight on the evening of May 5. The standoff spilled over to the next day before the two sides agreed to “disengage” following a meeting at the level of local commanders.

Earlier, reports claimed that the Chinese troops have “come about three kilometres inside Indian territory” South East of the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.

In the midst of the escalating tension, Army Chief General MM Naravane paid a quiet visit to the headquarters of 14 Corps in Leh on May 22 and reviewed with the top commanders the overall security scenario in the region including in the disputed areas along the LAC — the de-facto border between India and China.

China has also decided to evacuate its citizens in India.

There are close to 10,000 soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Indian territory, reports have claimed.

Satellite images show massive construction activity at a high altitude Chinese air base, located just 200 kilometres away from the Pangong Lake, the site of the skirmish between forces of India and China on May 5 and May 6.


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