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Doklam standoff was avoidable had Centre been more careful: Rahul Gandhi

He also alleged that the BJP claimed that China withdrew its forces from Doklam, but the "Chinese are still present" at the disputed site.

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 25 Aug 2018, 10:02:19
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London: Gheroing the Central government over the Doklam issue, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said standoff could have been avoided if Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had dealt with the matter more diligently.

He also alleged that the BJP claimed that China withdrew its forces from Doklam, but the "Chinese are still present" at the disputed site.

Rahul said, "I don't have details of Doklam but I can say that Doklam is not an unrelated issue and it is not a border issue. It is a strategic issue and part of a sequence of events. Doklam crisis happened because the government is episodic. The Prime Minister views Doklam as an event. I would look at the process and tackle the process."

"Doklam could have been stopped if they were carefully watching over it. The words used by the government were very interesting. It said that the Chinese have withdrawn from the point of contact or they have withdrawn from where the altercation happened but the truth is Chinese are still in Doklam today," he added.

Gandhi also went on to mock MEA Sushma Swaraj and quipped that the foreign minister of India has nothing better to do than getting people visas. However adding that, "She (Swaraj) is actually quite capable and if we gave her the power to do something, she can probably break the monopoly."

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday compared the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world.

Gandhi is currently in the United Kingdom. He will be meeting with members of Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet and with business leaders apart from being part of several interactions. 


First Published: 25 Aug 2018, 10:02:19

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