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Cong leaders use PM Modi’s 2013 tweet on China to ask why Indian troops are withdrawing from their own territory

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Congress leaders have questioned PM Modi on why Indian troops were withdrawing from Indian territories following talks with China. And they dug out a 2013 tweet of Narendra Modi asking the same question to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Senior Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Randeep Singh Surjewala used the 2013 tweet on China that was posted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (then Gujarat CM) and said Modi should answer his own question now.

In the 2013 tweet, Modi had asked the then Manmohan Singh-led UPA 2 government, “China withdraws its forces but I wonder why Indian forces are withdrawing from Indian territory? Why did we retreat?”

Modi’s tweet had been made in response to a major standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control then. To des-escalate tensions, both the countries had agreed to pull back their troops from the disputed areas in Ladakh after a series of talks between the two sides.

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In the recent face-off with China the two sides have again decided to pull back their troops in the Galwan valley and form a ‘no man’s land’ to avoid further escalation of tensions.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday retweeted Narendra Modi’s 2013 tweet and wrote: “I stand with Modiji on this. PM must answer his question!”

Another Congress leader Randeep Surjewala wrote, “Respected Prime Minister, do you remember your words? Do these words hold any value? Will you tell why Indian forces are withdrawing in their own territory? The nation wants an answer.”