New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was harshly criticised by Congress chief
spokesperson Randeep Surjewala for not raising the Doklam issue with Xi Jinping,
Chinese President, on the sidelines of BRICS summit in Johannesburg.
Lashing out at the PM, Surjewala said, “The truth is that Prime Minister Modi meets
the Chinese president on the sidelines of the BRICS summit and holds talks, but
forgets to talk about Doklam. When will this government show the 56-inch chest and
red eyes and have the courage to raise the issues concerning security and nation’s
borders? The 132 crore people of the country want to know.”
“This is a direct threat and challenge to national security,” he added.
“The truth is that the one who claimed having a 56-inch chest and dared to show
‘red eyes’ to China, has gone back on his promise and has turned silent on national
“The prime minister, who dared to show China his red eyes, gave swing rides to the
But when he goes to China with an agenda-less visit, he forgets to even raise the
issue of Doklam which is linked to national security,” Surjewala said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 10th BRICS
Summit agreed that the Chinese defence minister will visit India next month as part
of the efforts to maintain the “momentum” generated by their recent meetings.