National Security Matters Above Party Politics Says Sharad Power : Ladakh Intrusion By PLA Not Government’s Failure
Amidst a series of accusation by the Congress on the BJP over the face-off with China, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said matters of national security shouldn’t be politicised and added one cannot forget China had captured about 45,000 sq kms of Indian land after the 1962 war.
Congress has become incoherent and behaving like a headless chicken. The party had been in power for nearly 60 years out of 73 years since 1947 and in fact had created the present problems with its Dhoti Shivering policies. The same party is now asking the Government as to how and why Chinese are there in Ladakh.
So Mr Pawar’s comments came in response to a query about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s charge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had surrendered Indian territory to the Chinese aggression.
The NCP chief also said the Galwan Valley incident in Ladakh cannot immediately be labelled as a failure of Defence Minister, as Indian soldiers were alert during patrolling.
Speaking to reporters here, the former Union minister said the entire episode is “sensitive” in nature. It was China which played the provocateur in the Galwan Valley, he said.
Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with their Chinese counterpart in eastern Ladakh on the night of June 15.
The former defence minister further said India had been constructing a road in Galwan Valley within its limits meant for communication purposes. “What happened was they (the Chinese troops) tried to
encroach on our road and were pushed physically. It was not somebody’s failure. If somebody comes (within your territory) while you are patrolling, they may come at any time. We cannot say it is the failure of the Defence Minister sitting in Delhi,” Mr Pawar said.
Patrolling was on there. There was fight, which means you were alert. Had you not been, you would not even have realised when the they (Chinese troops) came and went.
Hence, I don’t think it is right to make such an allegation at this juncture,” he said.
Responding to the allegation raised by Rahul Gandhi, Mr Pawar said one cannot forget that China captured around 45,000 sq km of India’s land, after the 1962 war between the two countries.
“That land is still with China. I don’t know if they (China) have encroached on some area now again. But when I make an allegation, I should also see what had happened when I was there (in power). If such big land was encroached upon then, it cannot be ignored. It is a matter of national security and it should not be politicised is what I feel,” he said.