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DM dismisses allegations of Chinese occupation in Ladakh

DM dismisses allegations of Chinese occupation in Ladakh

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India no longer weak, capable of retaliating appropriately: Rajnath
LEH: Asserting that India is no longer a weak country, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the Armed Forces of the country are fully capable of retaliating appropriately if someone attacks us.

The Defence Minister’s assertions came in response to Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who raised security concerns along the India-China border in Ladakh and alleged that nearly 2,000 square kilometers of land in Ladakh is now under Chinese control.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury during his reply to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address questioned the Defence Minister for the situation in Ladakh and claimed that vast areas of Ladakh have been occupied.

Pointing out that the presidential address did not refer to any security concerns along the India-China border, Chowdhury alleged that the condition in Ladakh was deteriorating every day and nearly 2,000 sq km of land is now under Chinese control.

“Not even a word on security concerns was mentioned in the President’s Address. The situation in Ladakh is deteriorating day by day. I want to ask our Defence Minister to please tell us what is the situation in Ladakh.

“You said that the status will be restored. Day by day situation of Ladakh is worsening. 2000 square kilometre area is being occupied. Today the shepherd is unable to go there. Please ask the people of Ladakh why this happening. Why are you sitting silent? From Arunachal to Ladakh the situation is worsening,” Adhir Ranjan said.

Chowdhury further said, “When the Galwan incident took place you gave the certificate that no one entered at our place. From 2014 till now your government failed in China policy.”

At this, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh immediately intervened and dismissed the allegations levelled by Chowdhury on the border issue.

“As Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took my name, I express my disagreement with whatever he said in connection with China and LAC. I condemn this,” Rajnath Singh said.

The Defence Minister further assured the House that India is not weak anymore. India has emerged strong.

“I would like to assure the House that India is not weak anymore. India has become strong. If someone dares to stare at India, India has the capability and strength to give a befitting reply.

“Our armed forces have the capability to retaliate appropriately if someone attacks us,” the Union minister said.

He also urged Chowdhury not to defame India from the floor of the House.

“The country should not be unnecessarily defamed in the forum of the Parliament,” the Defence Minister said.

Earlier, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Monday said the BJP should not treat Lord Ram as a political tool to win elections. He also questioned the government’s policy on China and Maldives.

“As the general elections are knocking on the door, you are taking shelter behind Lord Ram,” Chowdhury said during a debate in the Lower House of Parliament on the Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.

“We all believe in Lord Ram, don’t make him your patent…don’t make him an election tool. Let Ram remain God for all,” he added.

Referring to the 2014 general elections, Chowdhury said the BJP had promised that every Indian would get Rs 15 lakh deposited in their accounts as its government would bring back ‘black money’ from abroad.

After the elections, one of the party’s leaders had said that the promise was an election stunt, the Congress MP added.

When the 2019 elections came, he said, a terror attack took place in Pulwama in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed.

In retaliation to the Pulwama attack, Chowdhury said, India carried out the Balakot air strike and destroyed a terrorist camp.

However, the Congress leader added that the truth related to the air strike in Balakot is yet to be shared by the government.

He said various independent organisations have claimed that India did not hit any target of significance in Balakot.

“Today what is happening in Maldives… elections in the country took place on the plank of ‘India Out’ slogan,” the Congress leader alleged.

Reacting to this, Chowdhury said, “Congress has always supported the government on security issues but as an opposition, it is our duty to highlight the deficiencies with regard to security.”

Talking about concerns of the minority communities, Chowdhury said there were murmurs about Kashi and Mathura now. “The government should make a law to protect places of worship,” he demanded.

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