July 15, 2020 | 11:29 PM IST
ladakh issue

Ex-PM Manmohan Singh tells Centre to choose words carefully on Ladakh issue

Former Prime Minister and Congress loyalist Manmohan Singh on Monday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘must always be mindful of the implications of his words’ regarding the tension on the Ladakh Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
The veteran leader’s letter began with the mention of 20 brave soldiers who laid down their lives defending the country on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The letter stated, “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.”
The senior Congressman added, “China is brazenly and illegally seeking to claim parts of Indian Territory such as the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Tso Lake by committing multiple incursions between April 2020 till date. We cannot and will not be cowed down by threats and intimidation nor permit a compromise with our territorial integrity. The Prime Minister cannot allow them to use his words as a vindication of their position and must ensure that all organs of the Government work together to tackle this crisis and prevent it from escalating further.”
He also called upon PM Modi and the Centre to ‘ensure justice for Colonel B Santosh Babu and the jawans who have made the ultimate sacrifice and resolutely defend out territorial integrity’. He added, “To do any less would be a historic betrayal of people’s faith.”
About 20 soldiers were martyred in Eastern Galwan Valley after a physical scuffle with the Chinese troops on June 15.

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