Ladakh BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal (File photo)
NEW DELHI: A day after Congress attacked the Modi government by releasing videos of Ladakhi citizens confirming Chinese incursions, and BJP sought to blunt the blow by claiming they were videos of embedded Congress workers, the grand old party hit back with renewed vigour on social media and released a fresh batch of videos of BJP leaders from Ladakh appearing to confirm Chinese incursions.
The fresh video war saw Congress release a 2-minute video on Twitter, containing audio-video footage of Ladakh BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, BJP’s district president in Leh, Dorje Angchuk, BJP councillor Konchok Stanzin and Urgain Chodon, a block development council chairperson, each confirming that the Chinese PLA had entered into Indian territory in Ladakh.
On Friday, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and a slew of senior Congress leaders had released a series of over 20 videos of Ladakhi locals claiming Chinese ingression. BJP had, however, hit back by identifying four persons affiliated with Congress, accusing it of running a “fake propaganda” against the Modi government. In response, Congress released a new video on Saturday, this time with BJP leaders from the region confirming its claims from the previous day.
While Namgyal was seen saying in a TV interview that China has “day-by-day, inch-by-inch” stepped into Indian territory, up to “Finger 4 and Galwan Valley”, Angchuk, is seen condemning China’s “ghuspaith (incursion)” at the Indian border in Ladakh. In a separate clip, Angchuk is also seen reiterating that Chinese have done a “grave wrong” and that they “must be taught a lesson”.
The third clip of Stanzin, the councillor with a deputy minister status is accompanied by photos of Stanzin with Minister of State Kiren Rijiju and is heard saying that “the area between Finger 4 and Finger 8 is disputed area….if the Chinese have started constructing a helipad on that area it is a big concern for us.” Separately, Stanzin also says that while it is true that the Chinese have entered into Indian territory, the Indian army is also making efforts to push the Chinese PLA back. The last clip of Chodon, which only has an accompanying audio clip, sees her say that the Indian borders are “neglected” since 1962, and remain so, even now. Chodon, Congress claims, shared photographs of Chinese SUVs driving up to Pangong Tso lake and putting up flags and banners there, claiming it is Chinese territory.
In a separate onslaught, Congress on Saturday also displayed satellite pictures of areas near Pangong Tso lake and hot springs, and patrol point 14 in Galwan Valley, claiming they have been occupied by China. Party spokesperson and senior advocate Kapil Sibal also asked if PM Modi had received memorandums from BJP councillors in Ladakh on February 20 claiming Chinese occupation of Indian territory.