“Today, the country has a BJP government. No one can capture even an inch of land as long as the Modi government is there in the country,” he told reporters at parliament.
Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that no one can “occupy an inch of India’s land” as long as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in power, and hit back at the opposition Congress over demands for a discussion in parliament on the recent skirmish between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.
Speaking to reporters in the parliament, Shah accused the Congress party of handing over vast swathes of land to China during its previous rules.
“Today, the country has a BJP government. No one can capture even an inch of land as long as the Modi government is there in the country,” he told reporters as opposition members raised slogans against the Central government, demanding a discussion over the December 9 clash inside the parliament.
He further said: “I salute the valour shown by Indian soldiers. They pushed the Chinese back within a matter of hours on the intervening night of December 8 and December 9.”
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In a reference to the 1962 India-China war under India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Union home minister said: “Thousands of kilometers of Indian land was occupied during your (Congress) rule. It was your government which handed over the permanent membership of the United National Security Council (UNSC) to China because of some personal relationships.”
Continuing his attack on the Congress, home minister Shah said that the Gandhi-family run Rajiv Gandhi Foundation received funds from the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. “People are watching everything, and they know everything,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, defence minister Rajnath Singh told the parliament that “a few” personnel on both Indian and Chinese sides suffered minor injuries in the skirmish in the contested Yangtse area of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh along the Line of Actual Control (PLA) on December 9.
In a statement, Singh said that China’s incursion attempt was aimed at unilaterally changing the status quo. “The Chinese attempt was contested by our troops in a firm and resolute manner. The ensuing face led to a physical scuffle in which the Indian Army bravely prevented the PIA from transgressing into our territory and compelled them to return to their posts,” he told the Lok Sabha.
The defence minister also said there were no “fatalities or serious casualties” to any Indian soldier.
Indian military commanders intervened into the matter and PLA soldiers went back to their posts, he said. “As a follow up of the incident, the local commander in the area held a Flag Meeting with his counterpart on December 11, 2022 to discuss the issue in accordance with established mechanisms,” said Singh.
He also informed the parliament that the issue was raised with Beijing through diplomatic channels.