August 31, 2023
NEW DELHI – Congress MP Rahul Gandhi regurgitated his claims about China “invading” Indian territory in Ladakh on Wednesday .
He said the issue of China including Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai China as a part of its territory in its delinquent edition of the ‘Standard Map” as a “serious issue”.
Speaking to the media ahead at the Delhi Airport, Gandhi said, “I have been saying this for many years… What the prime minister has said, I have just returned from Ladakh… What the prime minister has said…That not an inch of land has been invaded..it is totally false”.
The Congress leader claimed that all the people of Ladakh know that China has “intruded upon” Indian land.
Answering a question on China incorporating Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai China in its new map, Rahul Gandhi said,” The question of the map is a very serious one. But they (China) have captured our land. The prime minister should also speak on this issue”.
The former Congress president was on his way to Mysuru in Karnataka where he along with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will attend the launch event of the State Government’s Gruha Lakshmi scheme. This scheme will be rolled out at a public function in Mysuru in the presence state Chief Minister Siddaramiah and senior leaders of the party.
Under the scheme, one among five poll promises made by the Congress during its election campaign, the state government will provide Rs 2,000 monthly assistance to the woman head of the family of BPL families.
China on Monday released the 2023 edition of its “standard map,” which shows the state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Aksai Chin region as part of its territory.
Earlier this month, during his visit to Ladakh, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Centre, saying that its claim that not an inch of Indian land was taken by China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) troops “is not true”.
The Congress MP claimed the locals, too, contend that Indian territory was intruded upon and taken by the Chinese troops, adding that it was a matter of concern.
“The locals here are concerned about China taking our land. They have said that the Chinese troops took away their grazing land. However, the PM says not an inch of land was taken away. This is not true, you can ask anyone here,” Rahul had said.