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  1. Rahul Gandhi met Chinese envoy: Congress’ surprise u-turn leaves many doubts; here’s how it flip-flopped throughout the day

Rahul Gandhi met Chinese envoy: Congress’ surprise u-turn leaves many doubts; here’s how it flip-flopped throughout the day

In the time of India-China border standoff, Congress flip-flop over its vice-president Rahul Gandhi meeting Chinese envoy recently has come as a surprise.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 10, 2017 6:36 PM
rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi met chinese envoy, rahul gandhi congress, congress u turn, chinese flip flop, rahul gandhi chinese envoy, congress lies Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi recently met Chinese envoy to India. (PTI Photo)

At a time when Indian and Chinese forces are engaged in one of the longest standoffs at Dokalam in Bhutan, Congress flip-flop over its vice-president Rahul Gandhi meeting Chinese envoy recently has come as a surprise. As the news of the meeting broke early today on news channels, the Congress spokespersons Randeep Singh Surjewala termed it “fake news”. In a series of tweets, Surjewala said some news channels were running “fake news” of Rahul’s meeting with Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaouni.

The news channels “will not question three Union Ministers visiting China or PM’s (Narendra Modi) bonhomie and praise at G20. Yet run fake news”, Surjewala tweeted. The Congress spokesperson even alleged the report was planted by Union Ministry of External Affairs and Intelligence Bureau. “They should reverify that we still have diplomatic relations with all our neighbours,” he tweeted.

However, when some news channels telecast the photo of the purported meeting, Congress did a u-turn. Surjewala told ANI, “Envoys met Rahul Gandhi ji, not only Chinese envoy but also Bhutanese envoy and ex-NSA Shiv Shankar Menon.”

“Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting Congress president and vice-president time to time on courtesy basis. Nobody should attempt to sensationalise this,” he added.

Surjewala even attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, “PM met Chinese premier in Hamburg, even as China had refused to talk to India, he attended BRICS meet.”

Surjewala’s double-speak is surprising. What adds more to the suspense is the Congress’ u-turn coincided with a similar flip-flop by the Chinese embassy. A post informing about the purported meeting on July 8 on Chinese embassy website was removed after the news was telecast on all major Indian news channels earlier in the day.

PM Modi had met Chinese President Xi Jinpin during an informal BRICS meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit 2017 last week at Hamburg, Germany. Though several reports claimed both leaders talked about the Dokalam standoff, no official statements were issued by any of them.

rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi met chinese envoy, rahul gandhi congress, congress u turn, chinese flip flop, rahul gandhi chinese envoy, congress lies A screenshot of the now deleted post on Chinese embassy website about Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Beijing’s envoy on July 8.

Chinese official media has launched an unprecedented verbal offensive against India over the border standoff, in which India’s strategic interests are at stake. It has even urged China to go to war to teach India a “bitter lesson.” Such verbal offensive could be met only if entire India, including all political parties, remain united for saving Indian interests. Border standoff shouldn’t be used for scoring narrow political goals. The Congress, hence, needs to answer a lot of question.

It is also surprising as to why Rahul didn’t make the news of the meeting with Chinese envoy public himself first if that was a routine matter as Surjewala claimed after denying initially. On July 7, however, Rahul had questioned PM Modi’s silence on China. “Why is our Prime Minister silent on China?” he had tweeted.

Later in the evening, Rahul took to the Twitter to confess he had met the Chinese ambassador as it is his job, he said, to be “informed on critical issues.” He also attacked Modi with a September 2014 picture showing the India PM sitting on a swing with Chinese President Xi.

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