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Centre denied Chinese troops encroachment, says Debabrata Saikia

The Leader of Opposition of Assam, Debabrata Saikia has criticised the Centre for its lack of clarity in the India-China standoff. In an interview, he criticised the government for hiding the truth and has raised concerns of Chinese border movements in Arunachal Pradesh.

Following are the excerpts from the interview by Congress leader Debrata Saikia

Chinese troops had been encroaching upon Indian territory in Ladakh for quite some time, but our Government kept denying the reality. A few days ago, Chinese troops killed 20 of our soldiers most brutally in that area and took 10 other soldiers into captivity.

In this context, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at yesterday’s all-party meeting that Chinese troops have not crossed over into Indian territory. At the same time, however, the Chinese Government has claimed to have reclaimed Chinese territory in that area. This means that Chinese troops have crossed the Line of Actual Control and established bases on Indian territory in Ladakh. This fact is being confirmed by independent sources.

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A similar scenario has been unfolding in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh. Mr. Tapir Gao, Lok Sabha MP of the BJP from the Arunachal East constituency, has stated that Chinese troops have been patrolling Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh since 2017. This is a matter of grave concern. The BJP-led Government has been in power at the Centre for the last six years and yet it has failed to protect our borders over the last three years via political, diplomatic or military means. Last year, a similar situation had arisen in Doklam on the Indo-Bhutan border. On that occasion, too, the Government of India had initially resorted to denial, but subsequently, it became common knowledge that Chinese troops had entered Indian territory and attacked our soldiers.

Debabrata Saikia further stated that we should not hide such developments. We are with the Government of India, we have risen above political considerations and we must protect our borders. When Pakistan gave us trouble with various acts of sabotage and sneak attacks, the Government of India had taken strong action and the people of India stood with the Government irrespective of political affiliations. Even now, we should never allow the blood sacrificed by our 20 brave soldiers on the Chinese border to go in vain. Therefore, it is the demand of the people of India that the Government should take immediate and effective steps, be they diplomatic or military, to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

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