PM visits soldiers in Ladakh, sends out a terse message to China

In a move which has sent a massive message to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Leh on Friday morning accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen M M Naravane to assess the ground situation in Eastern Ladakh.

PM also got a first hand account from Northern Army Command personnel including Lt Gen YK Joshi and Lt Gen Harinder Singh and 14 Corps officials in Ladakh.

PM’s visit comes just weeks after violent clashes broke out at Galwan Valley along the disputed stretch of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between Chinese troops and Indian soldiers leading to heavy casualties on both sides. Incidentally, Defence Minister rajnath Singh’s scheduled visit to Ladakh today had been rescheduled.

PM Modi is also expected to meet the injured soldiers at the hospital and visit a second forward area of Thiksey to address the troops after which he will fly back to return to New Delhi.

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Last week, in his Mann Ki Baat address, PM Modi had said that India had given a befitting reply to China.

“Those who cast an evil eye on Indian territory in Ladakh have been given a befitting response. If India knows how to maintain friendship, it can also confront someone and give an adequate response. Our brave soldiers made it clear that they will not allow anyone to taint the honour of Mother India,” PM Modi had said.

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