The Indian government has said that attempts are being made in to give mischievous interpretation to remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the all-party meeting, countering Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s claim that India “surrendered to the Chinese aggression”.
Prime Minister Modi had, after an all-party meeting on Friday about the LAC row with China, said that Chinese troops did not intrude into the Indian Territory.
The Central government, in a statement, said that the Prime Minister was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In fact, he specifically said that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC.
The all-party meeting was also informed that this time, Chinese forces have come in much larger strength to the LAC and that the Indian response is commensurate.
It was clearly stated that the violence in Galwan valley on 15 June arose because the Chinese side was seeking to erect structures just across the LAC and refused to desist from such actions.
The words of Prime Minister “Those who tried to transgress our land were taught a befitting lesson by our brave sons of soil”, succinctly summed up the ethos and the values of the country’s armed forces. The Prime Minister further emphasized, “I want to assure you, that our armed forces will leave no stone unturned to protect our borders”.
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 all party meeting 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.