Amid growing confusion post the all-party meeting on Friday, a lot of questions were raised by different political party leaders on the Prime Minister’s remarks on the Galwan valley clash.
Today, the government issued a statement clarifying the Prime Minister's remarks. “Prime Minister’s observations that there was no Chinese presence on our side of the LAC pertained to the situation as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces. The sacrifices of the soldiers of the 16 Bihar Regiment foiled the attempt of the Chinese side to erect structures and also cleared the attempted transgression at this point of the LAC on that day,” the government has said in today's clarification.
“Neither anyone has intruded into our territory nor taken over any post,” Modi had said post the all-party meet. This statement seems to have created a lot of controversy, with political parties attacking the Centre over his statement.
The clarification states that the Prime Minister was clear that no transgression at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) would be allowed and it would be firmly dealt with.
“In fact, he specifically emphasized that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC. Those who tried to transgress our land were taught a befitting lesson by our brave sons of soil,” the statement added.
The all party meeting yesterday was first addressed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, followed by political parties. After Modi’s statement, those who had attended the meeting raised many questions.
“We would also like to ask, if no Chinese troops were inside Indian territory, where did the clashes take place on June 15-16? Where were 20 Indian soldiers killed and 85 injured,” said former Finance Minister, P Chidambaram.
"If no Chinese troops are in Indian territory, why did Foreign Minister Mr Jaishankar’s statement and other statements of MEA demand the 'restoration of status quo ante'," Chidambaram added.
A similar question was raised by CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri. “If there was no intrusion then no conflict? Why have our brave soldiers been martyred? Why this all-party meeting,” Yechuri wrote on Twitter.
Congress leader Chidambaram even asked the government to come clean on China's claims on the Galwan valley. “Even after the PM’s statement yesterday, China has blamed India for the clashes and has re-asserted its claim to the entire Galwan Valley. What is the government’s answer to this claim? Will the Government of India reject this claim?” asked Chidambaram.
The government statement today rejected this claim without naming China. “What is Indian territory is clear from the map of India. This government is strongly and resolutely committed to that,” the statement read. “It was also made clear that this Government will not allow any unilateral change of the LAC.”
Following the statement, party leaders are raising further questions against the Prime Minister. “Mr Modi should first make up his mind and then speak, unless his attempt was to mislead all the political parties and weaken our position in diplomatic talks,” Yechuri immediately wrote on social media.