New Delhi : Does the Gujarat government accept that Arunachal Pradesh is a disputed territory and not an integral part of India? Does it also accept that Aksai Chin belongs to China? Also are parts of Jammu and Kashmir disputed territory in its assessment? Does Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorse these positions officially accepted by his home state in maps distributed at the time of signing agreements with the visiting Chinese delegation?
These sensitive questions have been raised by the Congress party as it charged Modi with a huge hiatus between his tall talk of the election campaign and this abject humiliation of the country at a time when Chinese president Xi Jinping was visiting the country at the Prime Minister’s invitation. “How can the Gujarat government circulate these distorted maps without the knowledge of the PMr who was present at the time of signing these agreements? It is time that the PM broke his silence on such a critical issue for the honour and the integrity of the nation? Not just that these maps should be withdrawn and apology tendered along with a firm communication to the Chinese president about the incursions into our territory. Merely making the right noises and having photo-ops is not enough,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
He informed that these maps were circulated when on September 17th the Gujarat government signed an agreement with the Chinese government regarding the sister state and sister city partnership between the state of Gujarat and the Guangdong province, as well as the city of Ahmedabad and the city of Guangzhou. “We do not have any problems with the business agreements, but there should be no compromise on the question of self-respect and territorial integrity,” added Singhvi while describing the incursions of the Chinese troops as a ‘slap on the face of the country.”
Asserting that the Congress was not playing partisan politics on this issue, Singhvi also slammed the Modi government for making its minister of state for home Kiran Rijiju ‘invisible’ during the Chinese president’s visit. Recalling the Prime Minister’s campaign speech ‘main bharat ko jhuknein nahin doonga, bharat ki ek inch zamin bhi nahin doonga’, Singhvi said: ”Excellent words – we associate fully with the sentiments but don’t humiliate your own Ministers, don’t humiliate the country under the very nose when the visit is taking place.”