Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Bahrain ir­re­spon­si­ble: BJP

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NEW DELHI: The BJP on Tues­day dubbed Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Bahrain as “ir­re­spon­si­ble”, al­leg­ing that the Con­gress pres­i­dent was spread­ing “ha­tred” among In­di­ans with his speeches abroad like he did in the coun­try.

Union min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad at­tacked the Con­gress chief over his last night’s ad­dress and con­trasted it with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s ad­dress to 270 In­dian ori­gin (PIO) par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, fo­cus­ing on boost­ing ties be­tween In­dia and other coun­tries.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, Prasad ques­tioned Gandhi’s re­marks in which he ac­cused Modi govern­ment of pur­su­ing a di­vi­sive agenda to hide its fail­ures, and said they had ex­pected that he would not harp on po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences and “spread ha­tred in a for­eign coun­try as he did in In­dia”.

“The BJP strongly con­demns Rahul Gandhi’s ir­re­spon­si­ble ut­ter­ances .... He is spread­ing ha­tred among peo­ple,” he said.

Hitting back at the Con­gress leader, the law min­is­ter won­dered if the Con­gress’ stand on the triple talaq bill worked to spread love or hate in the so­ci­ety. He ac­cused the Con­gress of fail­ing to take a stand on an is­sue of wo­man’s re­spect and jus­tice.

Gandhi’s fa­ther and the then Prime Min­is­ter Ra­jiv Gandhi had com­mit­ted a “sin” by pass­ing a law un­der pres­sure from Mus­lim bod­ies to negate a Supreme Court order to pro­vide al­imony to Shah Bano af­ter her hus­band di­vorced her, he said. The same Mus­lim body is now op­pos­ing the triple talaq bill, Prasad said, claim­ing that the Con­gress’ de­ci­sion to stall it in Ra­jya Sabha was a case of dou­ble stan­dards in­flu­enced by vote bank pol­i­tics.

Cit­ing Mu­dra loans given to tens of mil­lions of peo­ple, rise in road con­struc­tion works and open­ing of call cen­tres in tier two cities, Prasad said this has led to cre­ation of em­ploy­ment as he re­futed Gandhi’s charge that the govern­ment had not cre­ated enough jobs.

Gandhi had Mon­day ac­cused the govern­ment of di­vid­ing peo­ple on the ba­sis of caste and re­li­gion, al­leg­ing it was con­vert­ing the anger of job­less youth into ha­tred among com­mu­ni­ties. BEI­JING: China on Tues­day skirted a di­rect re­sponse to Army chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat’s re­marks that there was a ma­jor re­duc­tion of Chi­nese troops in Dok­lam, but in­sisted that its sol­diers sta­tioned in the area were ex­er­cis­ing “sovereignty rights”. China and In­dia were en­gaged in a 73-day tense stand­off at Dokalam in the Sikkim sec­tor which ended on Au­gust 28. “The Dong Lang (Dokalam) area has all along been part of China and un­der China’s con­tin­u­ous and ef­fec­tive ju­ris­dic­tion.

There is no dis­pute in this re­gard,” Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang told the me­dia when asked about Rawat’s re­marks.

Rawat yes­ter­day said In­dian and Chi­nese troops had re­solved an is­sue over the re­cent at­tempt by Chi­nese teams to build a road on the In­dian side of the bor­der at Tut­ing in Arunachal Pradesh.

Rawat also said there was a ma­jor re­duc­tion of Chi­nese troops in the Dokalam area.

“Chi­nese bor­der troops pa­trolling and sta­tion­ing in the Dong Lang area are ex­er­cis­ing sovereignty rights in ac­cor­dance with the stip­u­la­tions of his­tor­i­cal con­ven­tions and up­hold­ing ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty,” he said, with­out com­ment­ing on the troop re­duc­tion.

Lu also did not di­rectly re­fer to Rawat’s com­ment that In­dia and China have sorted out the is­sue re­lat­ing to the plans of Chi­nese troops to con­struct a road well into the In­dian ter­ri­tory at Tut­ing in Arunachal Pradesh in the last week of De­cem­ber. Lu re­it­er­ated China’s claims over Arunachal Pradesh which Bei­jing says is part of South Ti­bet. NEW DELHI: A video on Tues­day sur­faced of troops from In­dia and China shak­ing hands ap­par­ently to re­solve a dis­pute at Tut­ing in Arunachal Pradesh where Chi­nese teams had at­tempted to build a road on the In­dian side of the bor­der.

In the video, an In­dian of­fi­cer is seen talk­ing to Chi­nese mil­i­tary per­son­nel to re­solve the is­sue. Af­ter a brief con­ver­sa­tion, the two per­son­nel, ac­com­pa­nied by their re­spec­tive col­leagues, were seen shak­ing hands. On De­cem­ber 28, In­dian troops had foiled at­tempts by Chi­nese road build­ing teams to build a track around one ki­olome­tre in­side In­dian ter­ri­tory in Tut­ing, govern­ment sources had said.

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