NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj over reports that China has ‘quitely’ resumed activities in Doklam and that India has not tried to dissuade it.
Alleging that the soldiers have been betrayed by the government, Rahul said: “Amazing how a lady like Sushma ji has buckled and prostrated herself in front of Chinese power. Absolute subservience to the leader means our brave jawan has been betrayed on the border.”
A top US official had recently said while comparing Beijing’s actions in the Himalayan region with its manoeuvres in the disputed South China Sea that China has quietly resumed its activities in the Doklam area. The official had also claimed that neither Bhutan nor India have sought to dissuade it.
“China has quietly resumed its activities in Doklam and neither Bhutan nor India has sought to dissuade it. China’s activities in the Himalayas remind me of its south China Sea policies,” US Congresswoman Ann Wagner had said.
India and China have clashed repeatedly over territories in the Himalayas. Most recently, the troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed tri-junction by the Chinese Army. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam. The face-off ended on August 28.