NEW DELHI: The government’s clarification on the Prime Minister’s statements during Friday’s all-party meeting evoked a sharp response from the Left parties on Saturday, with CPM chief
saying the PM should “make up his mind before he speaks.” CPI general secretary
said security and foreign policy matters are not issues where the Prime Minister can “afford to be ambiguous”.
, on Friday, said no Chinese PLA forces had entered into
or set up any posts on Indian soil. The remarks let off a flurry of remarks from the opposition, who claimed the PM’s remarks left one confused about how and where the 20 Indian soldiers were martyred, or whether India had conceded Galwan valley to the Chinese.
On Saturday, however, the Prime Minister’s Office clarified that “the Prime Minister’s observations that there was no Chinese presence on our side of the LAC pertained to the situation as a consequence of the bravery of our soldiers”.
The clarification prompted a sharp retort by
. “Mr Modi should first make up his mind and then speak, unless his attempt was to mislead all the political parties and weaken our position in diplomatic talks…What else did the PM say in the all party meeting last evening which he did not mean? Can we trust anything that was said on an issue of such strategic important, if he changes his statements so quickly,” Yechury said in a series of tweets on Saturday.
Shortly after the PM Modi’s assertion that no Chinese had entered Indian territory, Yechury had also questioned the purpose of the all party meeting. “Then there is no conflict? Why have our brave soldiers been martyred? Why this all-party meeting?” he said.
On Friday, Left leaders Yechury and Raja had emphasised the need by the Indian government to restore status quo ante at the Line of Actual Control in respect to April 2020. Speaking to TOI, Raja said, “Matters pertaining to security and foreign issues must be decided on the basis of a national consensus and by taking all political parties, the Parliament and the people of the country into confidence. Also, the government should be cautious of the US’s attempt to draw Indian into an alliance to establish its own supremacy.”
Yechury, on the other hand, said the country and its people must be united at this juncture. “After Kargil, Vajpayee government had appointed the K. Subrahmanyam committee to examine lapses and suggest measures to modernise the Armed forces. Government must think similarly…. India gave the world Panchsheel – the five principles of peaceful coexistence - and pursued an independent Foreign policy. This must be strictly adhered to,” he said.