Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China a “complete and utter failure”, the Congress party attacked him over his jibes purportedly targeting the opposition leaders repeatedly on foreign soil.
“This is deplorable and unacceptable…Modiji would be well-advised to take off the adversarial ‘RSS Pracharak Hat’,” AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
“He has done it again by using his China visit to mount a disgraceful and distasteful attack on the opposition and beating his own drum,” the Congress leader added.
The principal opposition party’s reaction has come after the Prime Minister had told the large gatherings in his visit to China that he doesn’t go on vacations. That part of his speech is speculated to be a muted jibe at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Gandhi had gone on a long leave of absence at the beginning the Budget session in Parliament inviting criticisms and flak for himself as well as his party. However, since his return, Rahul Gandhi has surprised the BJP-led NDA government with his sharp attacks on the government policies and in particular the Prime Minister.
“From Canada to China, the Prime Minister continues to repeat this historical blunder with scant regard to dissent, opposition and norms of conduct of the high office of Prime Minister,” Surjewala added further.
The Congress party also claimed that Modi government has watered down its stand on China from their announced position during the election campaign for 2014 general elections. For the fact, the then Congress-led UPA government had come under the opposition BJP’s charges over the handling of border disputes with China.
“As he leaves China today, we wonder whether he spoke to the Chinese showing his ‘red eyes’ on issues of stapled visas to people of Arunachal Pradesh while he extends e-visa facility to Chinese nationals,” the AICC spokesperson said while referring to the map used by China’s state-run television depicting Arunachal Pradesh as its integral part, while a large portion of Jammu and Kashmir was denoted as being a part of Pakistan.
The opposition party also sought to know if PM Modi had spoken sternly about the continuous and repeated Chinese incursions into Indian territory and a host of other issues, including construction of dams on the upstream of the river Bramhaputra.