Mumbai: In an attack on Rajnath Singh, Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said that the statement of the Union Defense Minister that no one can touch an inch of India’s territory was just “rhetoric” and pointed out that Chinese troops are still on the Indian side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) as per the assessment of security agencies.
“Indian security agencies have assessed that Chinese troops are still up to 1.5 km on the Indian side of the LAC (according to India’s perception). In May, Chinese troops had intruded up to 5 km on our side of the LAC,” he tweeted.
“All talk of ‘no one had intruded into Indian territory and no one is inside Indian territory’ was empty rhetoric.
The Defence Minister’s statement that “no one can touch an inch of India’s territory is just more rhetoric,” the Congress leader further stated in another tweet.
Further slamming the Centre, Chidambaram said: “As long as the Government does not acknowledge the reality, the status quo ante will be an elusive goal.”
His statement comes after defense minister Rajnath Singh on Friday in his two-day visit to leh said that not one inch of our land can be taken by any power in the world.
“Negotiations are going on to resolve the border dispute but to what extent it can be resolved I cannot guarantee it. I can assure you, not one inch of our land can be taken by any power in the world.”
Insisting on finding a diplomatic solution to the deadlock, he added, “If a solution can be found by negotiation, then there is nothing better.”