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Rahul blasts Modi over China, BJP hits back

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Thursday called "weak" and "scared" of Chinese Xi Jinping, provoking an angry reaction from the (BJP).

Gandhi hit out at Modi a day after blocked the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as a global terrorist by the

"Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when acts against NaMo's Diplomacy: 1. Swing with Xi in 2. Hug Xi in 3. Bow to Xi in China," Gandhi said on

On Wednesday, the could not come to a decision on naming the JeM as a global terrorist after China put the proposal on hold. expressed its disappointment at the outcome.

Senior and Union Minister took exception to Gandhi's comment and slammed him for criticising the over China opposing the move.

"Why is in a celebratory mood when stands 'pained' by China blocking Masood Azhar's name in the UNSC? I know your tweet must have become news in These days you feel very happy seeing your name in (media) headlines," Prasad said.

Referring to Rahul Gandhi's visit to during Doklam tension and his Mansarovar visit, the said if the is so much close to Chinese establishment, he should have used that proximity to persuade China to take a stand against

"Why you didn't?" Prasad asked, adding whether the would adopt a different voice even in the case of a cruel killer and a global terrorist

The asked Gandhi whether he had said the same thing when China blocked the move in 2009 when the Congress ruled India.

"It is the result of your (Congress) legacy that China is a member of the (UN) Security Council," he said, referring to then Jawaharlal Nehru's diplomacy of the 1960s.

He said this time, France, and Britain brought the proposal to declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. "Except for China, all other countries supported the proposal. China's step has pained India and its citizens," Prasad added.

Hitting out at Rahul, Prasad said foreign policy is a serious and sensitive subject and not determined by tweeting.

"Mr Gandhi, do you understand that by this statement today you are seen to be in close proximity to Masood Azhar? Your tweet will be read today in office and will be shown to others. I regret to say with great degree of agony today that the Congress' commitment in the fight against terror is becoming suspect," Prasad said.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 18:30 IST