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No one entered Indian territory, Indian messages did not take over: PM Modi at all parties meeting | India News

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NEW DELHI: No one entered Indian territory or occupied Indian posts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday about the six-week border clash with China, informing prominent political leaders of the killing of 20 soldiers in the Galwan Valley that Unleashed a massive escalation in tension between the two countries.
At a meeting of all parties, he said that the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice taught a “lesson” to those who had dared to look to India and that the army was given “freedom” to take the necessary measures.
“At first, the prime minister clarified that no one within our territory or any of our posts are captured,” the government said in a statement, adding that it assured leaders that the armed forces will not leave stone unturned to protect the country. .
The Prime Minister’s categorical statement came on the heels of reports that the Chinese military has transgressed on the Indian side of the Current Control Line (LAC), the de facto border, in several areas of eastern Ladakh, including Pangong Tso and the Galwan Valley.
“While on the one hand the army has been given the freedom to take the necessary measures, India has also clearly conveyed its position to China through diplomatic means,” he said, adding that India today has such a capacity that no one can even dare to look “an inch from our land”.
Modi said the entire country is hurt and angry at China’s steps in LAC, stressing that India wants peace and friendship, but defending sovereignty is “the most important thing.”
The nearly four-hour meeting via video conference was attended by top opposition leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee, and Sitaram Yechury, among others.
The government said that political party leaders praised the courage shown by the armed forces in Ladakh and placed their faith in the prime minister’s leadership in this hour of need. They expressed their commitment to remain united with the government.
At the meeting, Gandhi asked some difficult questions to the government, as if there had been an intelligence failure about the situation throughout LAC, and he sought Modi’s guarantee that the status quo ante would be restored on the border.
In his introductory remarks, he said that even at this stage they were in the dark about many crucial aspects of the crisis, as he posed a series of questions to the government and sought details on when Chinese troops entered Indian territory.
“According to the government’s considered point of view, there was an intelligence failure,” he asked.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the nation will never forget the sacrifice of the martyrs, while Foreign Minister S Jaishankar offered an overview of the India-China agreements on border management, in addition to sharing details of recent events.
The Galwan Valley clash was the worst cross-border confrontation between the two sides in 45 years. While India lost 20 soldiers, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has yet to speak out on the number of victims it suffered.
The Prime Minister’s comment that Indian soldiers taught a “lesson” to those who dared to look to India is seen as a reference to casualties on the Chinese side.
Chinese soldiers used stones, nail sticks, iron bars, and sticks to carry out brutal attacks against Indian soldiers after protesting the construction of a Chinese lookout post on the Indian side of LAC in Galwan.
Pawar, a former defense minister, said diplomatic channels should be used to calm the tension, adding that Chinese troops must be “evacuated” from the highlands in the Galwan Valley.
He said the Chinese army is occupying the high ground in the Galwan Valley with a “specific objective of dominating the Dubruk-BOD highway on the Indian side.”
Chinese troops can decide at any time to force the closure of this highway and India will have to pay a high military cost if that happens, the PCN chief said at the meeting.
Trinamool Supreme Congresswoman Mamata Banerjee said her party strongly supports the Union government in this time of crisis and urged the Center not to allow Chinese investments in strategically important infrastructure sectors.
The West Bengal prime minister said India “should and will” to overcome the crisis, sources in his party said.
“We support the government in this hour of crisis. We will win. We will put together a fight as one nation,” Banerjee said, as quoted by a source at the TMC.
Opposition parties such as RJD, AAP and AIMIM reacted angrily for not being invited to the meeting and raised questions about the criteria for the invitation.
The two armies clashed in Galwan and other areas of eastern Ladakh since May 5, when the two sides clashed on the banks of the Pangong Tso.
The situation in the area deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers violently clashed on May 5 and 6. The incident at Pangong Tso was followed by a similar incident in northern Sikkim on May 9.
The border dispute between India and China covers the 3,488 km long LAC. China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is part of southern Tibet, while India disputes it.
Before the clashes, both sides have been asserting that pending the final resolution of the boundary problem, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.
Watch Chinese troops did not enter Indian territory, our brave hearts taught them a lesson: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a meeting of all parties

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