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PM's 'Not Even An Inch Of Ladakh Taken By China' Remark Is A Lie, Says Rahul Gandhi A Day After Modi-Jinping Meeting At BRICS

While speaking at a rally in Ladakh's Kargil today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has occupied India's land. Gandhi, during his speech at a rally in Ladakh's Kargil today, said PM Modi lied while asserting that 'not even an inch of Ladakh has been taken by China'.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
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A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting on the sidelines of the 15th BRICS Summit in South Africa regarding the geopolitical issues between the two warring nations, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday reiterated the unresolved issues and claimed that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has occupied India's land. Gandhi, during his speech at a rally in Ladakh's Kargil today, said PM Modi lied while asserting that “not even an inch of Ladakh has been taken by China”.

Modi-Jinping meet at BRICS Summit

Rahul Gandhi's remarks on the unresolved India-China border conflict came after India's foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra on Thursday said PM Modi conveyed to Xi India's concerns on the “unresolved” issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, underlining that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas was essential for normalisation of India-China ties.The Chinese readout described the conversation between the two leaders on Wednesday as “candid and in-depth”.

What did Rahul Gandhi say?

At a rally in Ladakh's Kargil, Rahul Gandhi was heard saying,"Ladakh is a strategic location...One thing is very clear China has taken away India's land...It is sad that the prime minister in the Opposition meeting said that not even an inch of Ladakh has been taken by China. This is a lie..."

“A few months ago, we walked from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, it was called ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. The aim was to stand against hatred and violence spread by the BJP-RSS in the country...The message that came out of the yatra was-'nafrat ke bazaar mein hum mohabbat ki dukaan kholne nikle hain'. In the last few days, I got to see this myself. At the time of the yatra, I could not visit Ladakh due to snow in winter. It was in my heart to conduct the yatra in Ladakh and I took it forward this time on a motorbike”, he also added.

Taking an apparent dig at Modi, Gandhi said, “Other leaders are busy doing their 'Mann Ki Baat'. I thought of listening to your 'Mann Ki Baat'. One thing is quite clear - Gandhi Ji and Congress' ideology is in Ladakh's blood and DNA.”

Rahul Gandhi in Kashmir

For the past week Rahul Gandhi has been travelling in Kashmir. Today the Congress leader is expected to lay a wreath at the Kargil war memorial to honour the war martyrs.Then on his way to Srinagar, he will have a stopover in Drass for a brief interaction with the people.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Vikar Rasool Wani, Gandhi will be reaching Srinagar on a two-day "personal visit" and will be joined by his mother Sonia Gandhi next day.

Wani, however, said the two senior leaders will have no political engagement or meeting with any party leaders in Srinagar during the "family tour."

Gandhi reached Ladakh on August 17, his first visit to the region since it was granted UT status after being carved out from Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was also turned into a Union Territory with its special status under Article 370 revoked.

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