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Questions raised by Rahul Gandhi not politics: Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat

Thorat's remarks come after NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that the matter of national security should be politicised.

Questions raised by Rahul Gandhi not politics: Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat
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After Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said that the matters of national security shouldn’t be politicised, Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat on Sunday diplomatically said that the remarks made by Pawar were “unclear”. 

The NCP chief earlier backed the Narendra Modi government and the Defence Minister on the Indo-China border clashes in Galwan valley. Pawar, the former Defence Minister said that one can’t forget that China captured about 45,000 square kilometres (sq kms) of Indian land post-1962 war. 

Pawar’s remarks came after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the central government and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of surrendering Indian territory to the Chinese. 

Reacting to Pawar’s remarks, Thorat said that it wasn’t right to compare the current situation with what happened in 1962. No Indian soldiers were martyred on LAC in 45 years, he added. 

Nearly 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in violent clashes in Galwan Valley with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). However, Pawar said that it was not right to blame this as the failure of the Defence Minister while sitting in Delhi and asserted that the matters of national security shouldn’t be politicised. 

However, Thorat said that the questions raised by Rahul Gandhi were not politics but a responsibility given by the people. “The Prime Minister says there is no intrusion in the Indian territory. China is using Modi’s statement to call our soldiers intruders. Like Congress, Sharad Pawar too must have been saddened by this,” he added. 

Thorat further stated that it was not clear what Pawar has said that media shouldn’t draw conclusions and give clean chit to the Prime Minister. “Modi didn't speak about the border tension in his ‘Mann ki Baat’. This is not the time to stay quiet,” he said. 

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