Sikkim standoff: Rahul Gandhi defends meet with Chinese envoy, says it is his job to be ‘informed on critical issues’

Since last three weeks, Indian and Chinese troops have been at loggerheads in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction after a Chinese Army's construction party tried to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for Dokalam.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 10, 2017 6:58 pm
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Amid the ongoing standoff between India and China in the Sikkim sector, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said he had met the ambassadors of China and Bhutan and asserted that it was his job to be informed on critical issues. “It is my job to be informed on critical issues. I met the Chinese Ambassador, Ex-NSA, Congress leaders from NE & the Bhutanese Ambassador,” tweeted the Office of Rahul Gandhi defending his meet with the Chinese envoy.

Criticising the ruling government, Rahul said the present dispensation should explain why their three ministers are availing Chinese hospitality while the border issue is on. “And for the record I am not the guy sitting on the swing while a thousand Chinese troops had physically entered India,” the Congress Vice-President tweeted with a picture in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are talking to each other while sitting on a swing.

His comments came hours after Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala issued a clarification that Rahul had met the Chinese Ambassador to India and that it was a courtesy call. Earlier, Surjewala had tweeted that the news about Gandhi meeting the Chinese envoy was “planted” by government agencies through “bhakt channels”.

Since last three weeks, Indian and Chinese troops have been at loggerheads in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction after a Chinese Army’s construction party tried to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for Dokalam, the name which Bhutan recognises by, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

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  1. G
    Jul 11, 2017 at 5:06 am
    Rahul Gandhi should know what is good for India in critical times. Even though he is born to an Italian mother, he should at least think India as an adopted Country.
    1. K
      Jul 11, 2017 at 5:03 am
      What ever pappu says by tweeting, when the country is engaged with chinese troups on the border, his meeting chinese ambassador will mean that congress is against India and army. Lot more is to be read from the meeting. It is antinational to say the least. Govt to comeout with strong stmt on the issue and pin pappu down in the minds of people. This act can be used in elections to defeat congress. Pappu doing favour to ruling party rightly said by yogi.
      1. P
        Jul 11, 2017 at 4:48 am
        Very poor judgement. Rahul Gandhi is the best thing that happened to the BJP. Congress appears to have no idea of its disintegration into a political laughing stock under this man's lack of leadership. Poor intellect.
        1. S
          Jul 11, 2017 at 4:42 am
          Thanks RG, once again for shutting up the anti-BJP, anti-Modi and pseudo-sickular trolls on the IE comments section, with your innate political inexperience .... and stupidty to explain the meeting as a 'responsibility'. If India has you as the visible "opposition" (Although Khangress does not have the numbers in either of teh houses), then any average government would look spectacular.
          1. M
            Jul 11, 2017 at 4:37 am
            Indian public cannot escape without drawing parallel to the just now released news story of Trump Jr. meeting the Russians ahead of US election to get information about the ruling party' s Clinton ant it is well known now that Russian ambassador was meeting the family members including son-in-law Keshner to subvert US democracy. Who knows whether Chinese are trying to cultivate immature leader and son of Gandhi family in their over strategy to destabilize India and its democracy. Unless Rahul explains his motive to Indian public for the underhand meeting to the nation it is clouded with suspicion about both the parties to the meeting ( Chinese and Congress).
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