New Delhi: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, participating in the the all-party meet called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday on the Chinese intrusion in the Galwan Valley and the killing of Indian soldiers, contended that "valuable time had been lost" and asked what the government doing next.
She said that the all party meeting should have been convened earlier.
"We in the Congress Party believe that valuable time was lost between May 5 and June 6, the date on which the Corps Commanders meeting took place. Even after the June 6 meeting, efforts should have been made to talk directly, at the political and diplomatic levels, to the leadership of China, she said, as per a party statement.
"The question is, 'What next? What is the way forward?' The entire country would like an assurance that status quo ante would be restored and China will revert back to the original position on the Line of Actual Control," she added.
Gandhi claimed that the government failed to use all avenues, and the result is the loss of 20 lives as well as dozens injured. "I would urge the Prime Minister to kindly share with us all the facts and the sequence of events beginning April this year till date," she said."We have some specific questions, for the Government: On which date did the Chinese troops intrude into our territory in Ladakh? When did the government find out about the Chinese transgressions into our territory? Was it on May 5, as reported, or earlier? (IANS)