China Says, We Welcome All Pilgrims From India, On Feud Over Rahul Gandhi's Kailash Mansarovar Visit

China Says, We Welcome All Pilgrims From India, On Feud Over Rahul Gandhi

China Says, We Welcome All Pilgrims From India, On Feud Over Rahul Gandhi's Kailash Mansarovar Visit 

New Delhi: A controversy has been sparked over Rahul Gandhi's trip to Kailash Mansarovar last year after the Congress president on Friday said he had also met Chinese ministers during the trip, Beijing's envoy to India today said all Indian pilgrims were welcome in China.

"The Chinese government, the Chinese side will welcome all pilgrims from India," Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui said in response to a question on Mr Gandhi meeting his country's ministers.

The BJP, took a potshot at the Congress and accused Mr Gandhi of acting as a "Chinese propagandist" and asked him to give complete details of his meeting with the Chinese ministers and officials during his Kailash Mansarovar visit.

"The Kailash Mansarovar yatra was an excuse. He had gone to meet these ministers. Rahul Gandhi is not an ordinary citizen. Why did he not inform the Ministry of External Affairs? Why was the Indian embassy not kept in loop? We want to know the details of his talks," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters.

The Bhartiya Janata Party's attack on the Congress party came after at a public meeting in Odisha, Mr Gandhi had said that during his Kailash Mansarovar in August-September last year, the Chinese ministers told him that job creation was not a problem in their country.

Mr Gandhi had said,"When I had gone to Kailash, I had met a couple of their ministers and they had said job creation was not a problem in China at all."