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Is reclaiming land ‘taken by China’ also left to an ‘Act of God’, Rahul asks GoI

New Delhi: More than a week after Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman said the economy has been hit by the COVID pandemic, which is an “Act of God”, the former president of Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi while questioning the government of India amid tensions with China, that whether India has any plans to reclaim “land taken by China” or is that also is going to be left to an “Act of God”.

“The Chinese have taken our land. When exactly is GOI planning to get it back? Or is that also going to be left to an ‘Act of God’?” the Congress leader tweeted.

The congress leader said that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Government of India refuse to take any responsibility in order to “push the China out of the land.”

In another tweet he said: “India is like a ship travelling the ocean with the captain staring into the rear view mirror of history. It’s going nowhere really fast. It won’t be long before the ship runs aground.”

Earlier on August 27, Sitharaman had said the economy of India has been hit by the pandemic, which is an “Act of God”, and it will see a contraction in the current fiscal.

Two days later, the Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took a dig at Sitharaman over her remarks, saying will “the FM as the Messenger of God” answer how should the “mismanagement” of the economy before the coronavirus pandemic be described.

India and China have been engaged in a standoff since April-May as both the countries keep blaming each other for “transgressions” at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

In June, the situation worsened further after India claimed that its 20 armed forces personnel were killed by the Chinese army in Galwan valley.

Last Friday, Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh told his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of the SCO dialogue in Moscow that “attempts by Chinese troops to unilaterally alter the status quo” along the LAC was in violation of the bilateral agreements, and Beijing should work with New Delhi for complete disengagement from all friction areas including Pangong Tso.

On September 11, 2020, both the countries India and China have agreed on “quick disengagement of troops” from months-long standoff at Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. The Foreign Ministries of both the countries have decided to “maintain peace and continue the dialogue process” to resolve the disputes.

Aimed to resolve the issues, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting in Moscow to try and end the dispute, the most serious in decades at the undemarcated border.

 

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