After the Congress raised questions over intelligence failure regarding the LAC situation, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued a statement on Saturday saying attempts were being made to give a mischievous interpretation to remarks by the Prime Minister at the all-party meeting over Ladakh face-off
The PMO said, “Attempts are being made in some quarters to give a mischievous interpretation to remarks by the Prime Minister at the All-Party Meeting (APM) yesterday.”
PM Modi’s comment that there was no Chinese presence on Indian side of LAC pertained to situation following bravery of armed forces, the PMO said.
It further said, “At a time when our brave soldiers are defending our borders, it is unfortunate that an unnecessary controversy is being created to lower their morale.”
The statement reads: “Prime Minister was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In fact, he specifically emphasized that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC (“unhe rokte hain, unhe tokte hain”).”
“The APM was also informed that this time, Chinese forces have come in much larger strength to the LAC and that the Indian response is commensurate. As regards transgression of LAC, it was clearly stated that the violence in Galwan on 15 June arose because Chinese side was seeking to erect structures just across the LAC and refused to desist from such actions.”
The sacrifices made by Indian soldiers foiled attempt of Chinese side to erect structures and also cleared attempted transgression in Galwan valley on June 15, the statement said.
It added that the words of prime minister that “those who tried to transgress our land were taught a befitting lesson by our brave sons of soil”, succinctly summed up the ethos and the values of our armed forces.