Not surprised by Modi's visit to Ladakh: NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Pawar recalled that Jawaharlal Nehru also went to the region after the 1962 war with China to motivate soldiers.

Not surprised by Modi's visit to Ladakh: NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday again sided with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government amid the Indo-China border issue. 

On July 3, PM Modi made an unannounced visit to Leh days after the Galwan Valley incident which claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army soldiers in violent clashes with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). 

While speaking about PM Modi’s recent visit, Pawar said that he was not surprised by his visit to Ladakh as the earlier Prime Ministers and Defence Ministers have also visited the region. 

Pawar said that PM Modi visited Ladakh to motivate the soldiers after the conflict and the country’s leadership must take steps to motivate soldiers. He recalled that after the 1962 war with Chine, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had visited Ladakh along with Yashwantrao Chavan who was the Defence Minister then. 

“After the 1962 war, Jawaharlal Nehru and Yashwantrao Chavan visited went there and motivated soldiers. Now, our present Prime Minister has done it. The country’s leadership must take steps to motivate soldiers,” he said while speaking in a press conference. 

Meanwhile, Congress has been trying to corner the central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Galwan Valley incident. Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi even accused that Modi has surrendered to China. 

However, Pawar defended the centre saying that matters of national security shouldn’t be politicised “and one can’t label the Galwan Valley incident as the failure of the Defence Minister while sitting in Delhi”. It should be noted that Congress is one of the alliance partners in the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra. 

Pawar also welcomed the news that the soldiers from both sides were pulled back following dialogue via diplomatic channels. During the all-party meet with PM Modi, the NCP chief had recommended that the issue be solved through diplomatic channels. 

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