China preparing for war, but Centre is asleep: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi was addressing a press conference on the completion of 100 days of his Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Days after a clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said China is preparing for war but the Indian government is “deep in slumber” without realising the gravity of the situation.

China’s preparations were not just for incursions, but for a full-scale war, Mr. Gandhi said.

Addressing a press conference here on the completion of 100 days of his Bharat Jodo Yatra, Mr. Gandhi said while the threat from China was very clear, which he had been pointing out for quite some time, the government was trying to conceal and ignore it.

He said China, which occupied 2,000 sq. km of Indian territory and killed 20 Indian soldiers in Galwan in 2020, was now thrashing the jawans in Arunachal Pradesh.

“If you look at China’s weapon pattern, it is clear that they are preparing for a full [military] offensive. In contrast, our government is asleep and is not able to accept it,” Mr. Gandhi said

He alleged that the BJP government was working on events rather than dealing with the matter strategically.

The Wayanad MP said External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar should expand his understanding about China rather than giving out statements. “In the geo-strategy, it is the strength that works,” he remarked.

With Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot by his side, Mr. Gandhi said there was no indecision on the leadership issue in the State and added that the discussions among the party leaders and workers were a sign of “democratic structure” within the party.