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Business News/ Politics / Mallikarjun Kharge hits back at PM Modi's ‘gave away Katchatheevu island’ remark :'Your desperation is palpable'

Mallikarjun Kharge hits back at PM Modi's ‘gave away Katchatheevu island’ remark :'Your desperation is palpable'

Mallikarjun Kharge accused PM Modi of neglecting India's territorial integrity and national security, citing his response to border tension with China. Kharge also questioned Modi's focus on Congress rather than addressing key issues affecting the nation.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge.Premium
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, on Sunday, slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has "only just woken up to issues of territorial integrity and national security". Terming the two term of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) governance as “misrule", Mallikarjun Kharge jibbed “elections are the trigger. Your desperation is palpable".

Citing “misdeeds" of PM Modi, Mallikarjun Kharge urged the PM to stop “obsessing" over Congress. Kharge took to microblogging site X to flag four instance of his allegations.

Kharge in his second point talked about Modi's statement about Katchatheevu island. PM Modi in a post on X has alleged that Congress “callously" gave away the Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka

PM Modi's response came after a Right To Information (RTI) report revealed how the Congress government led by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi handed over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. "Eye-opening and startling! New facts reveal how Congress callously gave away Katchatheevu. This has angered every Indian and reaffirmed in people’s minds - we can’t ever trust Congress! Weakening India’s unity, integrity and interests has been Congress’ way of working for 75 years and counting," PM Modi wrote on X, while citing a media report.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge replied to this tweet by PM Modi and said that in an agreement similar to the Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh, in 1974, based on friendly gesture, a similar initiative was taken up with Sri Lanka on Katchatheevu.

"On the eve of elections in Tamil Nadu, you are raising this sensitive issue, but your own Govt's Attorney General, Shri Mukul Rohtagi in 2014 told the following to the Supreme Court.

Katchatheevu went to Sri Lanka by an agreement in 1974… How can it be taken back today? If you want Katchatheevu back, you will have to go to war to get it back."

Pradhan Mantri ji, you should tell, did your Govt take ANY steps to resolve this issue and take back Katchatheevu?" Kharge's tweet read.

Flagging PM Modi's silence on the border tension with China Kharge said, “Gandhi ji, Pandit Nehru ji, Sardar Patel ji, Indira Gandhi ji, Rajiv Gandhi ji - all our beloved leaders lived and died for India's unity, our territorial integrity. Sardar Patel ji played a vital role in uniting 600 princely states. In contrast, you, PM Modi, gave a CLEAN CHIT to China, after 20 bravehearts made supreme sacrifice in Galwan Valley."

Further, Kharge talked about the clashes and diplomatic tension with Maldives, Nepal, and said, "What is not an "Eye opening and startling" is how you raised the belligerence levels of even otherwise friendly neighbours like Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives!"

The Congress president is attending the INDIA bloc Maharally being held to protest the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) arrest of Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AP) leader Arvind Kejriwal. The ED has taken custody of CM Kejriwal in under PMLA in relation to the now scrapped Delhi Liquor Policy scam case.

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Published: 31 Mar 2024, 02:59 PM IST
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