Amid tension at the LAC in eastern Ladakh with China, the Congress has raised the issue of Chinese incursions in Arunachal Pradesh, taking a cue from BJP MP in the state Tapir Gao.
Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Manish Tewari quoted Tapir Gao as saying said that “People’s Liberation Army, on both sides of the Subansiri river in the upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, have occupied territory on the Indian side of the McMahon Line.”
“According to him (Tapir Gao) the Chinese army has set up another base called new Majha, deeper in Indian territory. According to him, these aggressions are many km in the Indian territory. This is not the first time that Mr Tapir Gao has made these revelations,” said Tewari.
The Congress played a clip of the Arunachal East MP while he was speaking in Lok Sabha that Chinese have come upto Majha which has been an Indian military base in the past.
Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi cautioned the government to be more vigilant in the northeast and borders. “We demand that the Government of India does not look at what’s happening in Arunachal Pradesh or Ladakh as isolated incidents. These are grand designs and this needs to be responded strongly,”said Gogoi who is MP from Assam.
Tewari alleged that ever since reports about Chinese aggression into Indian territory emerged, the NDA-BJP government has been walking the extra mile to downplay those reports and try and “obfuscate the facts” on the ground.
Congress leaders said that they know something is not right with regard to Galwan valley, Pangong Tso lake, hot springs area in western sector and with regard to Chinese intrusion in Naku La in central sector.
“Facts continue to remain opaque on the eastern sector which is perhaps most disputed,” said Tewari.
The Congress said that the party is highlighting the pattern of the Chinese army and how they are gradually encroaching upon Indian territory across the LAC and the responsibility of protecting Indian territory solely lies with the government of India.
The Congress has decided to launch a series of mass protests opposing the unprecedented rise in the prices of petrol and diesel and Chinese incursions into Indian territory by paying homage to the martyrs of Ladakh.
K.C. Venugopal, General Secretary (Organisation) said, “On Friday June 26, 2020, Congress party will pay homage to the martyrs of Ladakh by observing ‘Shaheedon Ko Salaam Divas’ across India.”
As per the party programme, the Congress workers will sit at ‘Shaheed Smaraks’ or Martyrs Memorials in their respective locations. There will be no sloganeering and only silent protests will be held. The protesters will carry the national flag. The Congress workers will light lamps and candles as tribute to the martyrs between 11 a.m. and 12 noon on June 26.
“A massive online campaign named ‘Speak up for Our Jawans’ also will be held on the same day by posting live videos and posts on social media platforms,” said Venugopal.
On June 29, Congress workers will sit on a two hour dharna from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at every district headquarters to protest against the unprecedented rise in the prices of petrol and diesel.
The Congress workers will carry banners and placards demanding rollback of the prices. The protesters will maintain all social distancing norms and wear protective masks during the agitation.
The party workers will submit a memorandum addressed to the President of India through the District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner in each district.
The party will also hold a massive online campaign ‘Speak-Up on Petroleum Price hike’. The leaders, party functionaries, and sympathizers will put up live videos of the protests.
The Pradesh Congress Committees will also organise protests at Taluka/Tehsil and Block level, in the week between June 30 and July 4. (IANS)