PM cannot allow Chinese to use his words as vindication: Manmohan Singh

Senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he should not allow Chinese to use his words as “vindication of their position”.

Singh also urged PM Modi to ensure that all organs of the government work together to tackle the present crisis and prevent it from escalating further.

In a press statement, Singh said that the 20 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in the ultimate act of sacrifice should get justice and that their deaths should not go in vain.

“Our government’s decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how future generations perceive us. Those who lead us bear the weight of a solemn duty. And in our democracy, that responsibility rests with the office of the prime minister.”

“The prime minister must always be mindful of the implication of his words and declarations on our nation’s security as also strategic and territorial interests.”

The senior Congress leader and former prime minister slammed China for its aggression and its attempt to claim parts of Indian territory such as the Galwan River Valley and the Pangong Tso lake.

“We cannot and will not be cowed down by threats and intimidation nor permit a compromise with our territorial integrity,” Singh said.

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He again said that the prime minister “cannot” allow them (China) to use his words as a vindication of their position.

“This is a moment where we must stand together as a nation and be united in our response to this brazen threat,” he added.

Manmohan Singh’s criticism comes just a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that the Chinese military did not enter Indian territory. The statement triggered a huge political firestorm.

The PMO had to issue another statement on the matter. It said that attempts were being made to give “mischievous interpretation” to the prime minister’s remarks.

Twenty Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in the violent face-off with Chinese troops on the night of June 15/16 in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

This was the biggest confrontation between the militaries of India and China after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while the death toll on the Chinese side was over 300.

(With inputs from PTI)

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