Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said it was now clear that the Chinese attack in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley was “pre-planned” and that the government was “fast asleep” while the martyred jawans paid the price.
“It’s now crystal clear that: 1. The Chinese attack in Galwan was pre-planned. 2. GOI was fast asleep and denied the problem. 3. The price was paid by our martyred Jawans,” Rahul tweeted.
Rahul’s attack comes ahead of the all-party meeting convened by PM Modi to discuss the situation along the India-China border.
Since June 15 when the Chinese and Indian soldiers faced off in Ladakh’ Galwan Valley, Rahul has been attacking at the government asking how the Chinese took Indian territory and who sent the soldiers unarmed to the border?
“How dare China kill our unarmed soldiers? Why were our soldiers sent unarmed to martyrdom?” Rahul Gandhi asked the government in a tweet.
Replying to Rahul’s tweet, External Affairs spokesperson Dr S Jaishankar said that soldiers involved in the face-off with Chinese troops were carrying weapons and ammunition but did not use firearms as they were following border agreements between the two countries.
“Let us get the facts straight. All troops on border duty always carry arms, especially when leaving post. Those at Galwan on 15 June did so. Long-standing practice (as per 1996 & 2005 agreements) not to use firearms during faceoffs,” Jaishankar tweeted.