Congress’s Gaurav Gogoi speaks exterior the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. (Twitter/ANI)

Members of the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha and staged a sit-in within the Parliament House complicated after they weren’t allowed to talk following an announcement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the border standoff with China.

  • Last Updated: September 15, 2020, 11:51 PM IST


The Congress on Tuesday accused the federal government of shying away from debating the Ladakh standoff difficulty in Lok Sabha and questioned the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the House. Members of the Congress additionally walked out of the Lok Sabha and staged a sit-in within the Parliament House complicated after they weren’t allowed to talk following an announcement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the border standoff with China in japanese Ladakh.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi alleged that after the defence minister’s assertion, it’s clear that the prime minister has “misled” the nation concerning the Chinese aggression on the border.

“It is clear from the statement of the defence minister that Modi ji misled the country on Chinese intrusions. Our country has always stood and continues to stand behind the Indian army. But Modi ji, when will you stand against China? When will you take back our land from China? Don’t be afraid of naming China,” Gandhi mentioned in a tweet in Hindi.

Making an announcement in Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Singh had mentioned he wouldn’t hesitate to share that India is going through a “challenge” in Ladakh however on the similar time added that the House ought to have “full confidence” that the armed forces will at all times rise to the problem and make the nation proud. Firmly articulating the nation’s place on the tense border row in japanese Ladakh, he mentioned Beijing has been very clearly conveyed that any try and “unilaterally” change the established order alongside the Line of Actual Control is by no means acceptable.

“I will not hesitate to share with this august House that we are facing a challenge in Ladakh and I urge the House to pass a resolution in support of our armed forces who have been defending our motherland at great heights and most inclement weather conditions,” Singh mentioned.

Congress chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury mentioned leaders of the get together wished to talk in Lok Sabha in assist of the armed forces and their bravery, however weren’t allowed to take action. “The country is supreme for our Congress party and we take pride in the bravery and courage of our armed forces. We wanted to speak in favour of our armed forces and had sought only one minute, but were not allowed to talk. There are many questions but we know that this government does not want to answer any,” he mentioned.

Citing the 1962 conflict with China, Chowdhury mentioned that BJP chief late Atal Bihari Vajpayee wished to debate the difficulty in Parliament and the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru convened a session of Parliament and the difficulty was mentioned. “We wanted to see the same tradition carried forward, but we know that this government is not willing to discuss the China matter in Parliament,” he mentioned.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned your entire nation is proud of the Indian military and we’re protected solely as a result of the armed forces are standing in opposition to the Chinese on the borders.

“But where is the prime minister. Why has the prime minister run away from admitting in Parliament the failure of the political leadership. Has China captured Indian territory? Depsang plains, Pangong Tso Lake, Lipu Lake and Y-Junction, has there been any transgression by China?” he requested, including what number of kilometres has China captured and when will Modi throw out the Chinese from Indian territory.

“Modi ji you should come to Parliament and say sorry. Modi ji when will you show your red eyes to the Chinese. Don’t hide behind the bravery of our armed forces. The prime minister has run away from Parliament,” he mentioned.

Chowdhury mentioned the defence minister has been showering praises on Modi, however when a decision is handed in Lok Sabha in assist of the armed forces, at the least the prime minister ought to have been current.

“PM does not have an answer and the government fears from holding a discussion in Parliament on the issue,” he mentioned, including it’s incumbent upon the federal government to specific earlier than the nation what is definitely transpiring alongside the border.

Asked whether or not the federal government ought to go in for a navy choice, Chowdhury mentioned there are various choices to resolve the difficulty and focus on it. He mentioned that talks and discussions have been going down, “but still we have failed to yield the desired results due to the machination played by the Chinese”.

Congress deputy chief in Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi mentioned, “We have walked out (of Lok Sabha) in protest because the Congress party wanted to send a message of solidarity to our Indian army and our brave troops. Yesterday, the prime minister spoke outside Parliament and said we should all speak in one voice and that is what we wanted to speak in Parliament.”

The Congress wished to ship a message of solidarity to the armed forces and a powerful warning to China that they need to not take a look at the nation’s endurance, Gogoi mentioned. Unfortunately, this authorities feels that solely it may communicate in assist of the military and the Congress and different political events should not have the best to talk, he mentioned, including that the military belongs to all and everyone seems to be proud of it.

“But no doubt there was an intention behind silencing the Congress party because the prime minister does not want to answer certain tough questions… When his own minister was making a statement on China, the prime minister should have been there. The PM’s absence is a signal,” Gogoi mentioned.

(With inputs from PTI)