http://www.rediff.com/news/report/rahul ... 170710.htm'It is my job to be informed': Rahul defends meeting Chinese envoy
"It is my job to be informed on critical issues. I met the Chinese Ambassador, Ex-NSA, Congress leaders from northeast and the Bhutanese Ambassador," Rahul said in a tweet.
Reacting to the controversy around the meeting, he said, "If the government is so concerned about me meeting an ambassador,they should explain why three ministers are availing Chinese hospitality while the border issue is on."
Rahul was referring to the recent visits of Human Resource Minister Prakash Javdekar, Health Minister J P Nadda, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma to China for multilateral and bilateral meetings amid the standoff at the border.
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul tweeted his photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a swing in Gujarat in 2014, when the armies of the two countries were locked in a similar stand-off.
"And for the record I am not the guy sitting on the swing while a thousand Chinese troops had physically entered India," Gandhi tweeted.
Earlier, six hours after an assertive denial of meeting between Rahul and the Chinese envoy, the Congress did a major flip-flop and said that not only did the party vice-president meet the latter, but the Bhutanese envoy as well.
“Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting the Congress president and the vice-president from time to time on a courtesy basis, particularly those of G5 nations and also of the neighbouring countries -- be it the Chinese ambassador, or the Bhutanese ambassador or the former national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon,” Congress spokerperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
“Rahul Gandhi met all of them. So, nobody should try to sensationalise such normal courtesy calls or term them as events, like the sources from the ministry of external affairs are trying to do. Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders are fully aware of or national interests and other concerns about the grave situation on the Indo-Chinese Border and Bhutan, including Sikkim,” he added.
Surjewala also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, “Despite having sour relations with the China, our prime minister met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Germany.”