'Neither have they intruded into our border, nor any post taken over by them': PM Modi on India-China standoff
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held an all-party meet to discuss the standoff between India and China at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh and said that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) "did not intruded into India's border and nor has any post been taken over by them".
Asserting that the sacrifice of Indian soldiers will not go in vain, PM Modi said that Indian Armed Forces "have the capability to move into multiple sectors at one go".
"Neither have they intruded into our border, nor has any post been taken over by them (China). 20 of our jawans were martyred, but those who dared Bharat Mata, they were taught a lesson," PM Modi said at the all-party meet on Friday, as reported by news agency ANI.
"Whether it is deployment, action, counter-action...air, land or sea, whatever our armed forces have to do to protect our country they will do," PM Modi added.
#WATCH Neither have they intruded into our border, nor has any post been taken over by them (China). 20 of our jawans were martyred, but those who dared Bharat Mata, they were taught a lesson: PM Narendra Modi at all-party meet on India-China border issue pic.twitter.com/tWojnnrLOY— ANI (@ANI) June 19, 2020
The Prime Minister noted that India's patrolling capacity has increased due to newly built infrastructure, especially along Line of Actual Control (LAC), adding that the Indian Armed Forces are doing "what they have to do to protect country, whether it is deployment, action or counter-action".
He further said that the areas which were not really monitored earlier, even there Indian soldiers are now able to monitor and respond well.
"In the past few years, to protect our borders, we have given importance to infrastructure development to protect our borders. The requirements of our armed forces, be it fighter planes, advanced helicopters, missile defence systems, that too is being given importance," ANI quoted PM Modi as saying.
He also said that the country has immense faith in its soldiers, adding that he wants to assure the soldiers that the entire country is with them.
An all-party meeting called by PM Modi to discuss the situation along the India-China border on Friday saw leaders of major political parties putting across their views on the sensitive issue.
The virtual meeting began with participants paying tributes to the 20 Indian soldiers killed in the violent face-off with Chinese troops in East Ladakh earlier this week. PM Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were seen standing in silence as a mark of respect for the fallen army men.
Singh and Jaishankar also spoke on the stand-off at the meeting, according to early visuals. Singh that Indian soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
BJP chief J P Nadda, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, TRS leader K Chandrashekhar Rao, JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar, DMK's M K Stalin, YSR Congress Party's YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray were among those who attended the meeting.
The government had invited presidents of major political parties for the meet.
Opposition parties, including the Congress, have been asking the government to be transparent about the situation on the border and slammed its handling of the issue.
(With PTI inputs)
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