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Opposition attacks Centre on Chinese hostility along the LAC

New Delhi, Sep 6 (): Expressing serious concern over the report on Chinese invasion along the Line of Actual Control (LAC),that occupies 640 kilometres of Indian territory in April, near the border in north-east Ladakh, the opposition raised huge uproar attacking the government today in parliament.

Claiming the government at the centre as useless, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav asked the Congress party whether it is capable of tackling China. Yadav said that the government should first protect the borders instead of finding a remedy to rising prices and scams.

Yashwant Sinha of BJP said that the government seems to be unaware of the situation which the defence minister ought to make clear of the actual position.

According to some media reports, it was assumed that Indian troops are cut off from the border and are being prevented by the Chinese army from patrolling near Daulat Beg, a place where India built the world’s highest landing strip.

Earlier in April, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police which patrols the border with China notified the Centre that around 640 square km in Rakinala in north-east Ladakh had been unreachable to Indian troops after the incursion by the Chinese army which has set up a remote camp 18-19 km inside Indian Territory at Daulat Beg Oldie. The ITBP however reported saying that it had started patrolling the area after the Chinese troops withdrew later.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister AK Antony is expected to make a statement in the House today after the main opposition party demanded a clarification from the defence ministry on the issue.

Responding to the issue, Parliamentary affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that the government has nothing to hide and will take steps at the appropriate time. Taking a tough and firm stand, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters that he would not like to discuss the issue before examining the report submitted by NSAB chairperson Shyam Saran.

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