While welcoming the disengagement of the Chinese & Indian troops in eastern Ladakh, the Shiv Sena questioned why Prime Minister Modi lied to the country on the issue of the People’s Liberation Army troops’ infiltration into Indian territory.
An editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Thursday said that Chinese troops were about 20km inside the Indian border & killed Twenty jawans in eastern Ladakh but the PM & other senior ministers of the Union govt lied about Chinese infiltration when the Opposition questioned them.
Addressing the Rajya Sabha on February 11, defence minister Mr Rajnath Singh said that India & China have agreed to disengage from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh & go back to status quo ante after a stand-off lasting nearly nine months. Singh said that according to the agreement, Chinese troops will pull back from Finger 4 area in the northern banks of Pangong Tso to beyond Finger 8.
“Till 2 months ago, Prime Minister Modi was saying Chinese troops have not infiltrated the Indian border. The same PM is now saying that Chinese troops are retreating from our soil. Meaning, the Chinese did infiltrate & our Prime Minister was lying to the country,” the editorial said.
Editorial further slammed the BJP for celebrating the victory of the retreat. “We are happy that the Chinese troops are retreating. This is a victory of the diplomacy of the defence ministry, but why was the govt lying about Chinese infiltration? It is now clear that all this while the Centre was fibbing about Chinese troops not entering our borders. The government itself has started celebration over this disengagement,” the editorial added.
There was no immediate response from the BJP on Saamana’s editorial.