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Always be mindful of implications of words: Manmohan Singh tells PM Modi on Ladakh 

Always be mindful of implications of words: Manmohan Singh tells PM Modi on Ladakh 

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 Jun 2020, 04:16 am

New Delhi/IBNS: In his statement on the Ladakh standoff, former Indian PM Manmohan Singh on Monday said his successor Narendra Modi should  "always be mindful of the implications of his words".

He was apparently making reference to the PM's remarks  at an all-party meeting on Friday which had triggered a row.

Singh said the Prime Minister and his government should 'rise to the occasion, to ensure justice for Colonel B. Santosh Babu and our jawans who have made the ultimate sacrifice and resolutely defended our territorial integrity.'

"To do any less would be a historic betrayal of the people's faith," he said.

Singh said: "We remind the government that disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership."

"At this moment, we stand at historic cross-roads. Our government's decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us. Those who lead us bear the weight of a solemn duty. And in our democracy that responsibility rests with the office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister must always be mindful of the implications of his words and declarations on our Nation's security as also strategic and territorial interests," Singh said.

Modi's comment and PMO clarification:

A day after his comment on the Galwan valley clash created confusion and earned criticisms from the Opposition, the Prime Minister's Office on Saturday issued a clarification and said attempts are being made to give a  mischievous interpretation to Narendra Modi's remarks.

"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”)," read a statement issued by the PMO.

 "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," it said.

The focus of the PM’s remarks in the APM discussions were the events of 15 June at Galwan that led to the loss of lives of 20 Indian military personnel.

"Prime Minister paid glowing tributes to the valour and patriotism of our armed forces who repulsed the designs of the Chinese there," the statement said.

The PMO said it is 'unfortunate' that an unnecessary controversy is being created to lower the morale of the soldiers protecting the borders of the country.  

 Congress attacks PM:

Congress, the country's main opposition party, on Saturday trained its guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his claim that no Chinese soldier entered into the Indian territory at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh which saw a deadly clash between the army personnel of both the nations on Jun 15 night.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, the second most important person in the party, tweeted, "PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression. If the land was Chinese: 1. Why were our soldiers killed? 2. Where were they killed?"

India-China faceoff in Ladakh

More than four decades after the last fatality occurred during a conflict at the India-China border, at least 20 Indian personnel were killed in the conflict with the Chinese military at the Galwan Valley, which is close to Aksai Chin, an area that is controlled by China but claimed by both the countries.

In a strong reaction to the violent standoff, Modi had earlier said his nation wants peace but can give a befitting reply, if instigated, reminding people of the airstrike conducted by the Indian Army following the Pulwama terror attack in 2019.