Will win both battles: Amit Shah on coronavirus, India-China standoff

Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday India will the battles of coronavirus and the one that is being fought with China at the border under PM Narendra Modi's leadership.

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Home Minister Amit Shah (PTI)

Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that India will win the battle against coronavirus, which has originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, as well as the border standoff in Ladakh with China which escalated on June 15.

Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a commanding officer (CO), were killed in a fierce clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15.

It was the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region.

Speaking to a news agency in an interview, Amit Shah said that he wants to assure the Indians that the country will both the battles under PM Modi's leadership.

"Let me make this clear that we will win both the battles. I want to assure the people of India that under PM Narendra Modi's leadership, India is going to win both the battles," Amit Shah said.

Amit Shah also accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of playing into China and Pakistan's hand by indulging in "anti-India" propaganda during a crisis.

Referring to Rahul Gandhi's "Surender Modi" tweet, Amit Shah said, "We're capable of handling anti-India propaganda but it's painful when the former president of a big party [Rahul Gandhi] does 'ochhi rajneeti' during a crisis."

"It's a matter of introspection for him and his party that their hashtag is being encouraged by Pakistan and China," Amit Shah said.

Accusing the prime minister of having "surrendered" Indian territory to Chinese aggression, Rahul Gandhi had taken a swipe at him, saying "Narendra Modi is actually Surender Modi".

Gandhi took the dig at the prime minister in a tweet, wherein he tagged an article in a foreign publication with the headline -- "India's appeasement policy toward China unravels".

"Narendra Modi is actually Surender Modi," he said in the tweet.

In another tweet, the Congress leader said even though the prime minister says no one has taken over Indian territory, satellite images show that the Chinese have "captured" Indian territory near Pangong Tso in Ladakh.

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