Home >News >India >All-party meet on border clash: Chinese troops did not enter our territory, no posts were taken over, says Modi

The all-party meeting, called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation at the border areas with China was today. Modi chaired the all-party virtual meeting to discuss India-China border situation, at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of the massive military confrontation between India and China in over five decades that occurred between 15 and 16 June.

During the meeting, Modi said that neither had the Chinese troops intruded Indian border, nor were any post been taken over by China's People’s Liberation Army.

Modi also clarified that the armed forces at the LAC border were given "full freedom for taking any appropriate action necessary."

20 Indian Army soldiers were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley. The Indian army said 18 soldiers were recovering at a hospital in Leh and 58 were in other hospitals. All are expected to rejoin duty in 7-14 days, it added.

According to a Mint report, ten Indian army personnel detained by China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after the "violent face-off" were handed over to the Indian side, a person familiar with the development said on Friday.

Here are the latest updates on PM Modi's all-party meet:

> India wants peace and friendship, but upholding sovereignty is foremost, Modi said.

> Our patrolling capacity has increased due to newly built infrastructure, especially along LAC, added PM Modi, during the meeting.

> Modi also clarified that the armed forces at the LAC border were given "full freedom for taking any appropriate action necessary."

"I assure you all that our security forces are fully capable of protecting our borders," the prime minister said. Read more.

> The areas which were not really monitored earlier, but now our jawans are able to monitor and respond well, said Modi.

> "Neither have they intruded into our border, nor has any post been taken over by China's People’s Liberation Army, said PM Modi at all-party meet.

> "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," informed PM Modi to other leaders during the meeting.

>"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", said PM Narendra Modi at the virtual meeting.

>Sharad Pawar stressed that issues of whether soldiers carried arms or not are decided by international agreements and the parties need to respect sensitivities involved in such matters. Conrad Sangma said that the Prime Minister has been working on infrastructure in the Northeast and that must go on. Mayawati said that this is not the time for politics and she firmly stands with the Prime Minister on whatever decisions he takes. M.K. Stalin welcomed the recent statement by the Prime Minister on the issue.

> Other leaders including Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said that there should be no difference amongst the leaders and parties should not allow any disunity which can be exploited by other nations.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that the entire country is one and with the Prime Minister.

>"Don’t let China enter telecom, railway and aviation sectors. We will face some problems but we won’t allow the Chinese to enter," said Mamata at the meeting.

> Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "All-party meeting is a good message for the nation. Shows that we are united behind our Jawans. TMC strongly in solidarity with the government."

> Country wants assurance from govt that status quo ante will be restored along LAC and China will revert to original position, said Sonia Gandhi.

> Was there a failure of intelligence, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi asked Modi government, according to PTI reports.

>We failed to use all avenues of talks to ease LAC tension, lost valuable time, and the result was loss of 20 lives, said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

>Singh and Jaishankar spoke on the stand-off at the meeting, according to early visuals.

> At the beginning of the meeting, PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, EAM and other leaders of different political parties paid tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in Galwan Valley clash.

> Earlier today, news agency ANI reported that 20 parties attend the virtual meeting in which home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president JP Nadda will also be present. The defence minister had personally called and invited all leaders on behalf of PM Modi on Thursday, ANI further reported.

> However, Aam Aadmi Party have not been invited to the meeting as reported by PTI. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the party has a government in Delhi and in Punjab, it is the main opposition party, but still the BJP does not want its opinion on such an important matter.

> Lalu Yadav's RJD was also not invited. Party chief Tejashwi Yadav tweeted asking why his party was not invited.

> All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Asaduddin Owaisi writes to PM Modi stating, "it is disappointing that my party was not invited to today's "All Party Meeting" on China border issue which was to be chaired by you."

>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend today’s meeting, news agency PTI quoted sources in the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Banerjee, the TMC chief, had on Wednesday said the Centre’s move to call the all-party meeting to discuss the situation was a right decision.

>Other prominent names include Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja, DMK President M.K. Stalin, Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United President Nitish Kumar will be attending the meeting via video conferencing along with other political party chiefs, reported PTI.

> Opposition parties, including the Congress, have asked the government to be transparent about the situation on the border and slammed its handling of the issue.

>Modi’s call for the all-party meeting is also crucial as it points to the need for a political consensus on the border conflict with China.

Subscribe to newsletters
* Enter a valid email
* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.

Click here to read the Mint ePaperLivemint.com is now on Telegram. Join Livemint channel in your Telegram and stay updated

My Reads Logout