Advise PM Modi not Rahul: Sharad Pawar
Congress leader and Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut has reignited the political controversy with his jibe at NCP chief and former Defence Minister Sharad Pawar. He said the veteran politician should have advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India-China border tension instead of reminding the Congress of 1962-war.
Raut even took a swipe at Sharad Pawar for "not rectifying" the mistake made in 1960s during his tenure as the defence minister. Sharad Pawar was the defence minister in the Congress government of PV Narasimha Rao during 1991-93.
Referring to Sharad Pawar's statement, Nitin Raut has said, "When China captured our territory in 1962, the situation was different. Sharad Pawar should have rectified his mistakes when he was the defence minister under Congress rule. Instead of commenting on Rahul Gandhi's remark, he should have advised the PM to speak on the issue."
"He has affection for the Congress in his mind but he only knows in what context he spoke about Rahul Gandhi", Raut added.
The Congress is a constituent of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition in Maharashtra and is part of the government in alliance with Shiv Sena and NCP.
Sharad Pawar had earlier advised Congress leader Rahul Gandhi not to politicize the current India-China border tension. Rahul Gandhi has been critical of the Narendra Modi government seeking clarification from it over alleged incursions by the Chinese troops in Ladakh.
In an interview on June 27, Sharad Pawar had backed the Centre emphasizing that the Chinese troops were pushed away they sought to encroach upon Indian land. According to the former defence minister, it was wrong to blame incumbent Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for the present crisis.
Rahul Gandhi had earlier hit out at the government saying China has occupied Indian territory in Ladakh. Reacting to this allegation, Sharad Pawar had said China had captured around 45,000 sq km of the country's land after the 1962 war. Pawar reminded Rahul Gandhi that this land remained in China's possession even when Congress was in power.