DM speaks on border stand-off in Parl

DM speaks on border stand-off in Parl
Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha Tuesday. (LSTV)
NEW DELHI, SEP 15 | Publish Date: 9/15/2020 12:47:17 PM IST

 Won’t accept any move to change status quo: Rajnath

Firmly articulating the country’s position on the tense border row with China in eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said Beijing has been very clearly conveyed that any attempt to “unilaterally” change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control is not at all acceptable, and that India’s armed forces are ready to deal with “all contingencies” in the high-altitude region.

Making a statement in Lok Sabha, Singh said he would not hesitate to share that India is facing a “challenge” in Ladakh but at the same time added that the House should have “full confidence” that the armed forces will always rise to the challenge and make the country proud.

Singh also referred to his talks with the Chinese defence minister on the sidelines of a multilateral meet in Moscow recently, and said it was made clear to him that though India wants to resolve the row peacefully, there should be no doubt about its determination to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The defence minister said amassing of the troops by China and violent conduct of Chinese military were in violation of all mutually agreed norms and pacts. The defence minister said the Chinese side had taken action to “hinder” the normal, traditional patrolling pattern of Indian troops in the Galwan Valley area which resulted in the face-off. The defence minister said India made it clear to the Chinese side both through diplomatic and military channels that attempting to unilaterally alter the status quo was unacceptable.

Cong MPs stage walkout: The Congress on Tuesday accused the government of shying away from debating the Ladakh standoff issue in Lok Sabha and questioned the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the House.

Members of the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha and staged a protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament House complex after they were not allowed to speak following a statement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that after the defence minister’s statement, it is clear that the prime minister has “misled” the country about the Chinese aggression at the border.

Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said leaders of the party wanted to speak in Lok Sabha in support of the armed forces and their bravery, but were not allowed to do so.

Congress leader Chowdhury said the defence minister has been showering praises on Modi, but when a resolution is passed in Lok Sabha in support of the armed forces, at least the prime minister should have been present.

Cong gives adjournment notice: Congress has given an adjournment notice motion in Parliament over a report in the media that said over 10,000 Indians including politicians were on the radar of China.

The notice was moved by Congress leaders, Manickam Tagore and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury demanding discussion over the issue. Tagore cited media reports that stated the Chinese government and military are watching over thousands of Indians that include, politicians, bureaucrats, journalists.

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