Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have questioned the Centre’s “clean chit” to China
after a new report revealed that India has lost access to 26 of 65 patrolling points in Eastern Ladakh.
“Modi Government’s continued denial of illegal occupation and construction of infrastructure by the Chinese has ‘endangered’ our borders,” Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge wrote in a tweet sharing the news report. Attacking the PM, the Congress chief said, “Your ‘clean chit’ to China is costing the nation’s territorial Integrity.”
Kharge further said that PM Modi must take nation and Parliament into confidence over this issue. Congress has been asking the government to take concrete steps over alleged Chinese incursions in various border areas, including in the Northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The party had accused the government of running away from a debate on Chinese issue in the recently concluded Winter Session of the Parliament.
Addressing a Republic Day function organised by the Delhi government, Delhi Chief Minsiter Arvind Kejriwal alleged that China is procuring more weapons to use against India with the very money it earns doing trade with us.
“We read about Chinese aggression on our borders as how the Chinese have encroached upon some of our territory near the border. Our soldiers put in all their might to fight the Chinese on the border.
It is now the duty of all citizens and all governments to stand shoulder to shoulder with our soldiers and support them. It is our duty to send a strong message to China against its aggression. It is our duty to boycott China, look into its eyes and make it clear that we will not compromise on national security,” Kejriwal said. He also lamented that over the last few years, the country has seen a rise in trade with China despite its forays on the borders.
Media reports quoting a note PD Nitya, the Superintendent of Police of Leh, Ladakh’s main city said out of 65 patrolling points between Karakoram pass to Chumur India’s presence is lost in 26 PPs (i.e. PP no. 5-17, 24-32, 37, due to restrictive or no patrolling by the Indian security forces.
“Later on, China forces us to accept the fact that as such areas have not seen the presence of ISFs or civilians since long, the Chinese were present in these areas. This leads to a shift in the border under control of ISFs towards the Indian side and a “buffer zone” is created in all such pockets which ultimately leads to loss of control over these areas by India. This tactic of the PLA (China’s People’s Liberation Army) to grab land inch-by-inch is known as ‘Salami slicing’,” the report said.