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Sharad Pawar should've asked Prime Minister to speak: Congress leader Nitin Raut

Pawar earlier backed the Narendra Modi government and the Defence Minister on the Indo-China border clashes in the Galwan valley and said that one can’t label this as the failure of the Defence Minister while sitting in Delhi.

Sharad Pawar should've asked Prime Minister to speak: Congress leader Nitin Raut
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In a fresh tussle, Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Tuesday slammed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar over his recent statement remarks that matters of national security shouldn’t be politicised. Pawar’s remarks were made against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has surrendered the Indian territory in the Galwan Valley to China. 

Pawar, the former Defence Minister, reminded Gandhi of the 1962 war and said that one can’t forget that China captured about 45,000 square kilometres (sq kms) of Indian land after the war. 

Reacting to this, Raut said that Pawar should have rectified the mistakes of 1962 when he became the Defence Minister of the country. The situation was different when China captured India’s territory in 1962 and Pawar should have rectified mistakes when he was the Defence Minister under Congress rule, he added. 

The Maharashtra minister further said that Pawar should have asked the Prime Minister to speak instead of commenting on remarks made by Rahul Gandhi. However, Raut called Pawar’s statement “a slip of tongue” and expressed confidence that the NCP chief will back the Congress’ position soon. 

Pawar earlier backed the Narendra Modi government and the Defence Minister on the Indo-China border clashes in the Galwan valley and said that one can’t label this as the failure of the Defence Minister while sitting in Delhi. 

Nearly 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in violent clashes in the Galwan Valley with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Maharashtra Congress President and also the Maharashtra Revenue Minister, Balasaheb Thorat diplomatically commented on Pawar’s remarks earlier saying that they were “unclear”. 

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. 

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