Sikkim standoff: After denial, Congress now says Rahul Gandhi met Chinese envoy

Hours after denial and even terming it fake news, Congress on Monday conceded that Rahul Gandhi indeed met the Chinese envoy to India. Party spokesperson R S Surjewala said the Congress vice-president also met a Bhutanese envoy and former NSA Shiv Shankar Menon.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 10, 2017 5:17 pm
Rahul Gandhi, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress Vice President, Chinese envoy, India news, Indian Express news Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala speaking to ANI. (Picture courtesy: ANI)

Hours after denial and even terming it fake news, Congress on Monday conceded that Rahul Gandhi indeed met the Chinese envoy to India. However, in a bid to underplay the meeting, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Congress vice-president also met a Bhutanese envoy and former NSA Shiv Shankar Menon. “Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting Congress President and Vice President time to time on courtesy basis,” Surjewala told ANI.

“PM Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in G20 Summit at Hamburg but China still refused to have a discussion (on the Sikkim standoff),” he added.

Congress leader and MP from Ludhiana Manish Tewari also attacked the Modi government on the issue. “I ask what were ministers Prakash Jawdekar, JP Nadda & Minister of Culture doing in China at the same time as PM met Chinese Premier at G-20,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Surjewala, in a series of tweets, had denied media reports about Rahul Gandhi meeting the Chinese envoy. He said news channels were running “fake news” on Gandhi’s alleged meeting with Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui. “A wanting to be ‘Bhakt’ channel will not question 3 Union Ministers visiting China or PM’s bonhomie & praise at G20 yet run fake news,” he had tweeted.

Last week, Rahul had questioned the PM on Twitter about the latter’s silence on the Sikkim standoff. “Why is the PM silent on China?” he had tweeted. His remarks came in the wake of a face-off with Chinese troops in Doklam plateau, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan.

Earlier in the week, he had also called Modi a “weak prime minister”. He had taken to social media twice saying that PM Modi did not raise the H1-B visa issue during his talks with US President Donald Trump and that Modi accepted the term “India-administered Kashmir” by the US State Department in its order designating Hizbul-Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist.

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    THATHAMAN
    Jul 11, 2017 at 1:44 am
    VERY GOOD STATESMAN SHIP BY SRI RAHUL GENDHI TO KEEP HIMSELF ABREAST OF ALL NEWS AND VERY DIPLOMATIC OF HIM TO MEET BHUTAN ENVOY AND FORMER NSC TOO. HE IS SHOWING GREAT MATURITY AND WILL LEAD INC BACK TO POWER WE WISH RAHUL ALL THE BEST
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      SubbuI
      Jul 11, 2017 at 1:46 am
      LOT OF BURNOL AND ICE FOR BHAKTHS AND BHAKTHS CHANEELS TOO
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      tr
      Jul 11, 2017 at 12:23 am
      G father gave away ladak, father fled anderson, mother is thief and son is now selling india. And readers please relate it to attack and whole picture will be clear!
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        prayu choudhary
        Jul 10, 2017 at 11:10 pm
        Everybody can understand what would have been topic of talk.
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          Sunny
          Jul 10, 2017 at 9:05 pm
          Who Initiated this meeting ? Is it the Chinese or Rahul? If its Chinese, Why didnt Rahul consult with the govt? Why couldnt Congress see its an attempt to divide and Rule? If its Rahul? Why did he initiate? keeping informed dosent cut it.. How can anyone be sure that nothing exchanged hands?
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            mklburg
            Jul 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm
            Fu.. CONGRESS TRAITORS FIRST IN TRIED TO DO A UNDERHAND DEALING TO SELL INDIA TO CHINA AND THEN WHEN COULD NOT HIDE IT( AS CHINESE SMARTED THEM OUT AND EXPOSED), NOW TRYING A SHUFFLING GAME, ASK PAPPU HOW MUCH HE WAS ASKING FROM CHINESE? GUESS CHINESE HAVE ALREADY STARTED BLACKMAILING HIM, THAT'S WHY CONGRESS IS COMING OUT WITH THIS CONCOCTED OFFENSIVE IN HOPE OF SAVING ALREADY BLACKENED FACE! PEOPLE ARE'NT FOOLS ANY MORE AS THEY HAVE BEEN LEAD TO BELIEVE FOR PAST 70 YEARS, ARE ONLY WAITING TO SEE THESE TRAITORS SONIA, PAPPU, GANG BEHIND BARS IN TIHAR ASAP.
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              Raje
              Jul 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm
              He can meet Chinese embassy reps no issue, but as a leader of opposition mahagathbandhan, did he inform the GOI of his decision to meet or update the GOI on what topics discussion took place? NO. Ulta he is barking the other way. This is a BIG RED FLAG. Why some people do not realize this is a internal security issue where opposition leader meets one of our biggest enemy secretly and wants it to remain secret and not let come out in public
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                Satish rana
                Jul 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm
                Shame on pappu.he shouldn't act like head of the state, what an . Anyway every body would like to know what he talked about????
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                  Asish
                  Jul 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm
                  I am thinking what would be chinese name for Rahul it could be Ralph Wong Ghanchakar or Raul Long Chinaman
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