Sikkim Standoff: Rahul Gandhi questions PM Narendra Modi’s silence on China

Sikkim standoff: China and India have been at loggerheads in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. China claims Dokalam as part of its Donglang region.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 6:22 pm
Sikkim, Bhutan, China, Rahul gandhi, Narendra Modi, India China Sikkim, India China Bhutan Sikkim standoff: Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s remarks came in the wake of Indian troops’ face-off with Chinese troops in Doka La, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking why he has not made any comments regarding the ongoing standoff between India and China in the Doklam sector. Rahul tweeted out today asking, “Why the PM is silent on China?” His remarks came in the wake of a face-off with Chinese troops in Doka La, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan.

Amid the standoff, PM Modi was seen assuring a mutual cooperation to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Germany’s Hamburg. China and India have been at loggerheads in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party on June 16 attempted to build a road. China claims Dokalam as part of its Donglang region. China had also strongly urged India to pull back its troops to avoid the situation from getting worse and warned it could lead to “some serious consequences”.

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The dispute has continued for the 21st day now. Armies on both sides are awaiting a diplomatic resolution of the stand off. Around 100 Indian soldiers are deployed in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction. There has been no confrontation between the two sides or any attempt by the Chinese to resume road construction in the past two weeks, said sources to Indian Express.

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Earlier this week, Rahul had called Modi a “weak prime minister”. He took 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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    Rajendra Singh
    Jul 8, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    Nothing wrong in asking the question :-) . RaGa ji is just trying to learn how geo-politics are handled. Because in his party, they dont have leaders with spine or leadership quality to handle such kind of difficult and challenging situations. They had great ppl like PVNR, Shastriji etc, but current breed is only good enough off jee hozoori of him and his mom. So he cant learn anything from them about politics. Go RaGa Go !!! aur bhi questions poochiye, you can learn a lot from NaMo :-)
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      B M
      Jul 8, 2017 at 11:00 am
      The subject on which he demands response, the timing clearly depicts why he is a useless guy and cannot be trusted to handle sensitive governance issues. He will never learn. His party has many stalwarts of foreign policy, they should have put together a strategy, the time, place to force response from the governing party. This uncontrollable child of congress leader is lowering his own pary's image to the low in the stride. He is to lead farmer's agitation, but only in the states not ruled by his party, why? Farmers in congress ruled states are fat with wealth, buying farms on moon and mars? Born , he is exposing his worth with his every move.
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        Rohan
        Jul 8, 2017 at 9:20 am
        Calling it and being party to it being called Indian Administered Kashmir is also the first by any Indian Prime Minister - so much for the 56cm chest!!!
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          M.P.Rao
          Jul 8, 2017 at 8:25 am
          When there is an external crisis,the opposition should join hands with Govt in tackling the problem.See how Shri Bajpai reacted to when the Bangladesh war is on.Does the peopspective PM wants Modiji to make a statement like his g father to throw out the chaineese and get into more serious trouble.Maturity should be the haamark of a politician.
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            viswanathan
            Jul 8, 2017 at 7:08 am
            Impatient person. PM has not yet returned from his foreign tour and the Parliament is not in session. In G20 he has clearly drawn attention of the world on terror issues. He also held discussions with the Chinese President. people of India, other than Mr. Rahul Gandhi, will wait patiently for the PM to inform the country on the issue raised by Opposition leader.
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              Vnk
              Jul 8, 2017 at 6:34 am
              Bhaukne ke liye op0sition and small leaders like Rahul are enough.
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                Venkatraman Shenoy
                Jul 8, 2017 at 5:49 am
                Sikkim problem, China problem, Kashmir problem are all creations of Pappu's great(!) g father's legacies, which India is suffering for the last 70 years. He should just shut up and hide in some corner of Italy permanently, so that India can get rid of a lowly pest.
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                  Chander Pal
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 4:56 am
                  All kids look so cute when they act silly. And that goes for those who have yet to grow.
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