India-China tensions: Rahul Gandhi wonders why Modi is ‘silent’ and ‘hiding’


Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on the escalating tensions between India and China, a day after a violent face-off at the Himalayas between the two countries’ armies resulted in 20 Indian soldiers getting killed. 

“Why is the PM silent? Why is he hiding? Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened. How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?” he tweeted. 

At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh after a “violent face-off” ensued on Monday night, reported Indian media on Tuesday, quoting the army.

According to ANI, both sides ‘disengaged’ after 17 Indian troops were injured. The injured troops “exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries”, ANI had said. This brought the death toll, from the earlier reported three to 20.

PM Modi has so far kept mum over the incident, leading to anger and dissent within India and calls from opposition parties urging the BJP government to take the nation into confidence as to what happened in the disputed area. 

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