Why should India agree on creation of ‘buffer zone’ on its side of LAC, asks Congress

New Delhi: Continuing its attack on the NDA government on the India-China border standoff, the Congress on Wednesday questioned as to why the Indian government agreed to creation of a “buffer zone” on Indian side of LAC and said that such an agreement goes against restoration of “status quo ante” in Galwan Valley and other points.
In a series of tweets addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, AICC media in charge Randeep Surjewala, reacting to reports that under the new protocol with China, Indian Forces can’t patrol Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Gogra, said that while the entire country stands united with Armed Forces and the Government, onus lies upon the Prime Minister to defend the territorial integrity firmly and resolutely.
Posing several questions to the PM, Surjewala said, ‘Dear PM, National Security is sacrosanct. Territorial Integrity is non-negotiable.
Pl answer- Is it correct that under the new protocol with #China, Indian Forces can’t petrol PP-14(Galwan Valley), PP-15(Hot Springs) & PP-17(Gogra)?
2. Is it not true that there has never been dispute with China on alignment of LAC in these three areas of Galwan Valley, Hot Spring and Gogra? ‘
Questioning the decision of the government to agree to creation of a “buffer zone” on Indian side of LAC, Surjewala said ,’Why should India agree to creation of a “buffer zone” on its side of LAC?
Does it not go against restoration of “status quo ante” in Galwan Valley & other points?’
Surjewala asked the PM why China is not withdrawing from the ridges between Finger 4 to Finger 8 in Pangong Tso Lake area as also from Y Junction in Depsang Plains to the post Yr 2013 position?
‘The entire country stands united with our Armed Forces a6 the Government.
The onus lies upon you to defend our territorial integrity firmly & resolutely,’Surjewala said.
The comments by Surjewala came a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that status quo ante had not been insisted on and that China was allowed to justify the murder of 20 unarmed jawans in Indian territory.
In a post on Social media on Tuesday, Gandhi said, ‘National interest is paramount. GOI’s duty is to protect it.
Then, 1. Why has Status Quo Ante not been insisted on? 2. Why is China allowed to justify the murder of 20 unarmed jawans in our territory? 3. Why is there no mention of the territorial sovereignty of Galwan valley?”
India and China had on Monday decided to disengage from Galwan area and near Pangong Tso a day after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had spoken with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi over video call on Sunday.
On Monday, soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) moved back from the standoff points in the Galwan area and near Pangong Tso.
A statement by the External affairs ministry on Monday said that Doval and Wang, the two special representatives on the boundary issue, had “a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas”.
Congress and Rahul Gandhi have been constantly attacking the government on the India China border standoff and have accused the NDA government of failing to prevent Chinese incursion on Indian territory.