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Politics - 20 June, 2020

China was trying to erect structures ‘just across the LAC’; Govt clarifies Modi statement

The government Saturday said the violence on June 15 happened because China was trying to erect structures “just across the LAC and did not desist from such actions... #GovtClarificationonModistatement

New Delhi: Clarifying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement from the all-party meeting (APM) Friday that “no one had entered Indian territory or captured any military posts,” the government Saturday said the violence on June 15 happened because China was trying to erect structures “just across the LAC (Line of Actual Control)” and did not desist from such actions.

“The APM was also informed that this time, Chinese forces have come in much larger strength to the LAC and that the Indian response is commensurate. As regards transgression of LAC, it was clearly stated that the violence in Galwan on 15 June arose because Chinese side was seeking to erect structures just across the LAC and refused to desist from such actions.”

The government also alleged some people were trying to give a “mischievous interpretation” to Modi’s remarks. “Attempts are being made in some quarters to give a mischievous interpretation to remarks by the Prime Minister at the All-Party Meeting (APM) yesterday.

“Prime Minister was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In fact, he specifically emphasized that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC (“unhe rokte hain, unhe tokte hain”),” the government said.

In his concluding address to the nearly three-hour long meeting attended by top political leaders, Modi had said, “Na wahan koi hamari seema mein ghus aaya hai, na hi koi ghusa hua hai, na hi hamari koi post kisi doosre ke kabze main hai. Ladakh mein hamaare 20 jaanbaaz shaheed hue, lekin jinhone Bharat mata ki taraf aankh uthakar dekha tha unhe wo sabak sikhakar gaye”.

There was criticism from several quarters after Modi’s remarks had become public. Congress senior leader Rahul Gandhi questioned Modi on Twitter on Saturday morning, that if the Chinese troops were not on Indian soil why were Indian soldiers killed, and accused the Prime Minister of surrendering Indian territory.

Gandhi wrote: “PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression. If the land was Chinese: 1. Why were our soldiers killed? 2. Where were they killed?”

In the statement issued on Saturday, the government also said 43,000 sq km of Indian territory has been yielded in the last six decades under circumstances with which this country is aware of.

“What is Indian territory is clear from the map of India. This Government is strongly and resolutely committed to that. Insofar as there is some illegal occupation, the APM was briefed in great detail how over the last 60 years, more than 43,000 sq.km has been yielded under circumstances with which this country is well aware. It was also made clear that this Government will not allow any unilateral change of the LAC.”

It stated that Modi’s remarks in the discussions “were the events of 15 June at Galwan that led to the loss of lives of 20 Indian military personnel”.

Source: News Agencies

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