PM Narendra Modi addressed the matter of Galwan’s valley face-off that led to the loss of lives of Indian soldiers.
Modi said in Hindi that India just wants peace. He further said that if provoked India has the potential to give the perfect reply, no matter the situation.
He added that our nation should be proud of the soldiers who died, and they had died while fighting (“Woh maarte maarte marein hai“).
“I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important,” the prime minister said.
To have discussions over the situation in the India-China border areas, PM has called for a meeting at 5 PM on 19th June. In that virtual meeting, various political parties’ presidents will be taking part.
After the news of the valley’s face-off broke out, opposition parties have been criticising Modi and central government for not saying out about the violent clash at the border.
At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the violence on Monday night in Galwan valley. There have reportedly been casualties on the Chinese side as well, though no confirmed numbers have been released.
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Before Modi’s short speech on Wednesday afternoon, Rajnath Singh was the only Central leader to condemn the killings. The defence minister acknowledged the deaths publicly.
Rajnath Singh tweeted that Galwan’s clash that led to the loss of soldiers is very painful and disturbing. He added that Indian soldiers showed commendable valour and courage in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
He further tweeted that the lost soldiers’ bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. “My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers.” He wrote that the whole nation stands unitedly with their families in this tough hour. ” We are proud of the bravery and courage of India’s Bravehearts.”
China released a statement after the violent clash that talked about claiming sovereignty over the entire Galwan valley region. However, China has not claimed anything like this for decades. Before China heavily increased military presence there last month, the Galwan valley area comes under LAC where India thought the border as not under dispute.