India-China border Highlights: As tensions simmer on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with no talks scheduled between commanders so far, the Congress on Saturday said that the last six years have witnessed the “biggest diplomatic failure” under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I don’t think diplomacy and economic blockade will work with China. Quick action is required to resolve the LAC issue,” senior party leader Kapil Sibal said.
Earlier in the day, former Union minister P Chidambaram upped the ante against BJP chief J P Nadda over the saffron party’s claims that the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) had accepted donations from the Chinese embassy. The Congress leader wondered if Modi could assure the withdrawal of Chinese troops if the organisation returned the donation taken earlier. “BJP President Mr Nadda specialises in speaking half-truths,” he said.
Subsequently, the Shiv Sena hit out at the BJP and asked whether the issue had any connection with intrusion by the neighbouring country in Ladakh and the killing of 20 Indian soldiers. “What do you mean by Congress gets money from China? Instead of responding to the issues raised by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi over the Chinese incursions, the BJP leaders accused the Congress of receiving funds from China,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.