The BJP on Wednesday called upon the Centre to fearlessly go ahead with further strong measures to repulse the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops’ incursion into Ladakh even as it faulted the UPA’s handling of the situation. The main Opposition party, while promising to stand by the government on the issue, suggested that the matter cannot be dealt with through flag meetings, but requires handling at the level of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet ministers.
And BJP chief Rajnath Singh said the entire nation was concerned over the incident and wanted to know how the Manmohan Singh Government was handling the issue. “The BJP wants the issue to be handled fearlessly by the Centre. We will stand by the Centre on the issue,” he said. Party spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the PLA incursions were a very serious matter, but the Centre was not handling it with the necessary seriousness.
“The issue cannot be resolved through Flag Meetings at the border. Two such meetings have failed. The matter should be dealt with at the level of the Prime Minister, External Affairs Minister and the Defence minister,” he said. “Two weeks back, 50 armed soldiers and two helicopters entered our side of the border and came 10 km inside. They came upto Daulat Beg Oldi sector air strip from where India had flown sorties during the 1962 war,” he noted.