China or Corona, India will win both battles: HM Shah

TNN Bureau. Updated: 6/29/2020 11:22:05 AM Front Page

Attacks Rahul Gandhi, says ready for debate

JAMMU: Amid the increased tensions with China and surge in coronavirus cases across country, union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday exuded confidence that the country would overcome the two battles under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even as he accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of playing into China and Pakistan's hand by indulging in "anti-India" propaganda during a crisis.
Shah said he is ready for a ‘robust debate’ in the Parliament to discuss the BJP government’s handling of the China crisis, which has been criticised by opposition.
In an interview with a news agency in New Delhi, Shah said that he wants to assure the Indians that the country will win both the battles under PM Modi's leadership.
"Let me make this clear that we will win both the battles. I want to assure the people of India that under PM Narendra Modi's leadership, India is going to win both the battles," Shah said.
When he was asked about the presence of Chinese troops in the Indian territory, Shah said it was not the appropriate time to comment.
“Briefings were going on and if the need arose, I would answer,” he said.
Shah also accused Gandhi of doing "ochhi rajniti" (shallow minded politics) and making remarks "liked by" China and Pakistan during border tensions with China and asserted that the government was prepared for a debate in Parliament.
“Yes, we are fully capable of handling anti-India propaganda but it does pain when a former President of such a big political party does “ochi rajiniti (shallow minded politics) at a time of problems,” he said.
“It is a matter of self-introspection for him and Congress that his hashtag is being taken forward by Pakistan and China. You say what China and Pakistan like. And at this time of crisis,” he added while referring to one of Gandhi’s earlier remarks where he called the Prime Minister ‘Surender Modi‘.
Gandhi has sharpened his attack against the government after the Prime Minister claimed that there was no intrusion along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Showing the government’s preparedness for a Parliament debate on the border issue, Shah said: “Parliament honi hai, charcha karni hai to aaiye, karenge. 1962 se aaj tak do-do haath ho jayein (let us discuss from 1962 war till now, ready for robust debate).”
On the Covid pandemic, Shah said: “The Government of India fought well against the pandemic. I can’t advise Rahul Gandhi, that’s the job of his party leaders. Some people are vakradrashti, they see wrong even in the right things. India has fought well against coronavirus and our figures are much better compared to the world,” he added.

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