Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday said that the country is “still in dark about many crucial aspects of the India- China border crisis”. In her introductory remarks at an all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Gandhi posed a set of questions to the government, asking specifics about when Chinese troops intruded into the Indian territory in Ladakh.
“Did our external intelligence agencies not report any unusual activity along the LAC? Did the Military Intelligence not alert the government about the intrusion and the build-up of massive forces along the LAC? In the government’s considered view, was there a failure of intelligence?,” Sonia Gandhi asked the government at the all-party meeting.
Gandhi also sought an assurance from the prime minister that status quo ante would be restored at the border and China will revert to its original position.
“The question is, what next? What is the way forward? The entire country would like an assurance that the status quo ante would be restored and China will revert to the original position on the Line of Actual Control,” she said.
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Alleging that valuable time was lost between May 5 and June 6, Gandhi said the government failed to use all avenues of talks to ease the situation and the result was the loss of 20 lives as well as injury to dozens of personnel.
“We failed to use all avenues, and the result is the loss of 20 lives as well as dozens injured. I would urge the Prime Minister to kindly share with us all the facts and the sequence of events beginning April this year till date,” Gandhi said.
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