What was that word… Mani Shankar Aiyar apologized for his statement of 1962

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : The last round of voting is yet to take place in the 2024 election battle. Just before that, a ruckus has started over a comment by Mani Shankar Aiyar. Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar apologized on Tuesday for mistakenly using the word 'alleged' for the 1962 Chinese invasion. According to the alleged video of a program of the 'Foreign Correspondents Club', Aiyar was narrating an anecdote. In this, he said that China had allegedly invaded India in October 1962. Aiyar said in the statement that I sincerely apologize for mistakenly using the word 'alleged' before 'Chinese invasion'. Aiyar, who has given rise to controversies with his comments earlier, made this comment on the occasion of the release of a book titled 'Nehru Ke Pehle Rangroot'.

Used the word 'alleged' for Chinese attack, then apologized

BJP has hit back at Mani Shankar Aiyar's 1962 statement. The Bharatiya Janata Party has called it a shameless attempt at revisionism. However, the Congress has clarified the party's stand on Aiyar's statement. Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said that Mani Shankar Aiyar later clearly apologized for misusing the word alleged invasion. The party disassociates itself from his 'original terminology'. Jairam Ramesh also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of giving a 'clean chit' to China's intrusion in May 2020.

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BJP surrounded Congress on Iyer's statement

BJP IT department chief Amit Malviya criticised the Congress over Mani Shankar Aiyar's remarks. He posted on 'X', 'Mani Shankar Aiyar, while speaking at FCC during the launch of Nehru's first recruitment book, called the 1962 Chinese invasion 'alleged'. This is a clear attempt at 'revisionism'.'

Amit Malviya made several allegations against Congress

Amit Malviya alleged, “Nehru gave up India's claim to a permanent seat in the UN Security Council in favour of China. Rahul Gandhi signed a secret MoU, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation took money from the Chinese embassy and published reports recommending market access for Chinese companies. Based on them, Sonia Gandhi's UPA opened the Indian market to Chinese goods, hurting MSMEs and now Congress leader Aiyar wants to whitewash the Chinese invasion, following which China has illegally occupied 38,000 sq km of Indian territory.”

Congress distanced itself from Aiyar's statement

Amit Malviya questioned what does Congress' love for China indicate? After the controversy, Jairam Ramesh clarified. He said that Iyer's age should be considered. Congress dissociates itself from his statement.

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