Ladakh face-off: ‘Why take two days to condole, not name China,’ Rahul Gandhi asks Rajnath Singh


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday questioned Defence Minister Rajnath Singh over the violent clashes between Indian and Chinese troops that left 20 Indian personnel dead in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

Earlier in the day, Singh said that the loss of soldiers was “deeply disturbing and painful”. This was the first comment by a Cabinet minister in the government after Monday’s incident.

Gandhi asked the defence minister why it took him two days to condole the deaths, along with four other questions. “If it was so painful, why insult Indian Army by not naming China in your tweet,” he tweeted. “Why take two days to condole? Why address rallies as soldiers were being martyred? Why hide and get the Army blamed by crony media? Why make paid-media blame Army instead of GOI [government of India]?”

This is the first instance of casualties on the Line of Actual Control since 1975. It came amidst a “de-escalation” process in the Galwan area that was started last week, after a month-long standoff between troops at several points along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and Sikkim. Though some reports have said there around 40 Chinese soldiers died during these clashes, there is no official confirmation yet.