New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday took a stinging jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over latter’s ‘soft approach’ on India’s hostile neighbours while being harshly critical of country’s democracy & internal affairs.
Jaishankar took potshots at Rahul Gandhi without taking his name, while speaking at the India Today Conclave in the national capital. The EAM was replying to host of charges leveled by the former Congress president during his visit to London.
“I am troubled as a citizen of India when I see someone drooling over China. Rahul’s one word for China is harmony and for India it is discord,” said EAM Jaishankar in a searing remark against the Congress leader.
Further responding to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that Centre is ‘hiding truth’ on Chinese aggression on border & hasn’t shown the nerve to stand up to the dragon, the Minister rubbished the charges and also referred to previous UPA dispensation’s stand that India should let the border undeveloped so that Chinese couldn’t step into our territory.
The Minister said that the current government has been working at length to fortify its frontiers along the border with China.
“You can have a point of view about a country, but you should not undermine the national morale,” Jaishankar said in a sharp counter to Rahul’s charges.
Further tearing into Congress leader for staging an ‘manufactured’ outcry over China, the EAM told the channel, “When Panda huggers try to be China hawks… it doesn’t fly.”
The EAM also spoke on the India’s current equation with China and dubbed the situation as ‘fragile & very challenging’.