Govt says will respond firmly on any attempt on Line of actual control, PM’s remarks twisted

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding an All Party Meeting via video conferencing to discuss the situation in India-China border areas, in New Delhi on June 19, 2020.

Following the all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on recent India-China clash in Galwan valley, Ladakh, the government on Saturday clarified that attempts are being made in some quarters to give a mischievous interpretation to remarks by PM Modi.

According to a statement issued by the government, PM Modi was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In fact, he specifically emphasized that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC (“unhe rokte hain, unhe tokte hain”).

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The statement further said that, “the all-party meeting was also informed that this time, Chinese forces have come in much larger strength to the LAC and that the Indian response is commensurate. As regards transgression of LAC, it was clearly stated that the violence in Galwan on 15 June arose because Chinese side was seeking to erect structures just across the LAC and refused to desist from such actions.”

The focus of the PM’s remarks in the APM discussions were the events of 15 June at Galwan that led to the loss of lives of 20 Indian military personnel.

The words of Prime Minister “Those who tried to transgress our land were taught a befitting lesson by our brave sons of soil”, succinctly summed up the ethos and the values of our armed forces. The Prime Minister further emphasised, “I want to assure you, that our armed forces will leave no stone unturned to protect our borders”.

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