Row over Rahul meeting Chinese ministers

Congres president Rahul Gandhi has once again became center of controversy over meeting foreign dignataries with out informing the government authorities. Earlier, when war-like situation prevailed between India and China, over Doklam crisis, he had created big uproar meeting Chinese Ambassador in New Delhi.  Again, his meeting of two Chinese ministers during his last year’s visit to Kailash Manasarovar visit led to criticism from ruling BJP.

The BJP’s attack on Rahul Gandhi came after the Congress president told a public meeting in Odisha that the Chinese ministers had told him during his Kailash Mansarovar visit in August-September last year that job creation was not a problem in their country. “When I had gone to Kailash, I had met a couple of their ministers and they had said job creation was not a problem in China at all,” Gandhi had said.

Reacting to Rahul’s revelation, BJP accused him of acting as a “Chinese propagandist” and asked him to give complete details of his meeting with China’s ministers and officials during his Kailash Mansarovar visit and questioned why had he not kept the Indian government informed about it.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that tThe Kailash Mansarovar yatra was only an excuse and he had gone to meet these ministers. “Rahul Gandhi is not an ordinary citizen. Why did he not inform the Ministry of External Affairs? Why was the Indian embassy not kept in loop? We want to know the details of his talks,” he added.

Amid a row over Rahul Gandhi’s Kailash Mansarovar visit last year after the Congress chief on Friday said he had also met Chinese ministers during his trip, the Beijing’s envoy here said all Indian pilgrims were welcome to the country. “The Chinese government, the Chinese side will welcome all pilgrims from India,” Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui said in response to a question on Gandhi’s meeting with his country’s ministers.

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