Arunachal Pradesh Congress criticised Governor B.D. Mishra for stating that India lost the war against China in 1962 because of weak leadership at the Centre.
The party said the comment was in line with the Narendra Modi Government’s tendency of blaming all the ills of the country on former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
At a Sainik Sammelan in the State’s Changlang district on November 20, the Governor said: “India would not have faced reverses against China in the 1962 war if the country back then had a strong leadership.”
“The mindless remark from the head of a State is uncalled for and condemnable. The Governor’s responsibility is to regulate the affairs of the State peacefully and not to feed misinformation,” Arunachal Pradesh Congress vice-president Mina Toko said in a statement.
She said the Governor, who should ideally be apolitical, was now playing the role of the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson. “He has also undermined and disrespected those who sacrificed their life defending the country in the 1962 war,” she added.
The State Congress also criticised Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju for remaining silent over the reported Chinese intrusion into Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh.