Narendra Modi is actually Surender Modi: Rahul's swipe at PM over LAC face-off

New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) A day after accusing the prime minister of having 'surrendered' Indian territory to Chinese aggression, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at him on Sunday, saying 'Narendra Modi is actually Surender Modi'.

Gandhi took the dig at the prime minister in a tweet, wherein he tagged an article in a foreign publication with the headline -- 'India's appeasement policy toward China unravels'.

'Narendra Modi is actually Surender Modi,' he said in the tweet.

In another tweet, the Congress leader said even though the prime minister says no one has taken over Indian territory, satellite images show that the Chinese have 'captured' Indian territory near Pangong Tso in Ladakh.

'The prime minister said - no one entered the country, nor did anyone take over our land. But satellite images clearly show that China has captured Mother India's sacred land near Pangong Lake,' he said in the tweet in Hindi.

Gandhi also posted a television news clip with his tweet, showing Indian territories under Chinese occupation with the help of satellite imagery.

The Congress leader had accused Modi on Saturday of having 'surrendered' Indian territory to Chinese aggression, after the latter's remarks made at an all-party meeting that neither is anyone inside India's territory nor has anyone captured its posts.

'The PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression. If the land was Chinese: Why were our soldiers killed? Where were they killed,' he had asked on Twitter, highlighting the prime minister's comments.

A statement issued by the government after Friday's all-party meeting called by Modi to discuss the situation at the Sino-India border in Ladakh said, 'At the outset, the prime minister clarified that neither is anyone inside our territory nor is any of our posts captured.' The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said attempts are being made to give a 'mischievous interpretation' to Modi's remarks made at the all-party meet.

It said the prime minister's comments pertained to the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces, who foiled an attempt by Chinese troops to transgress into Galwan Valley.

Indian and Chinese armies have been on a six-week standoff in several areas of eastern Ladakh. The ties between the two countries came under severe strain after Chinese troops killed 20 Indian Army personnel and injured around 76 in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. PTI SKC RC