Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Sino-India border standoff, charging him with being ‘scared’ of the eastern neighbour and took a swipe at him for being only ‘useful to two people.’ Launching his three-day Tamil Nadu tour ahead of the April 6 assembly elections, he attacked Modi, BJP and the RSS on a number of issues, including the fall of Congress-led governments in Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, alleging that they were ‘bought’ by the saffron party.
Interacting with advocates here, the Wayanad Lok Sabha MP reiterated his ‘hum do hamare do’ jibe at the ruling dispensation at the Centre.
Gandhi said that before the stand-off at eastern Ladakh, where the disengagement process has been completed with the withdrawal of troops, weapons and other military hardware from the North and South banks of Pangong lake areas, the Chinese ‘tested the idea in Dokhlam (in 2017).’ ‘Essentially the Chinese occupied certain strategic areas in our country. They first tested the idea in Dokhlam.
They tested the idea to see how would India react and they noticed India did not react. And then they carried out the idea again in Ladakh and also I believe in Arunachal Pradesh,’ he said.
Speaking in detail over the border standoff, Gandhi said Modi’s first reaction to the Chinese incursions was ‘that nobody has come into India.’ ‘That indicated to the Chinese that the…