Government misleading country over Chinese incursions: BJP


New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday accused the government of misleading the country over reported Chinese incursions and said India is facing a 1962-like situation when China fought a war with India.

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“In the last 2-3 years, we have seen an aggressive China. In the Nuclear Suppliers Group, China opposed India tooth and nail,” BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi told parliament during discussion.

Joshi cited Chinese opposition to a loan from the Asian Development Bank on grounds that a part of it was meant for Arunachal Pradesh, India’s northeastern state which is claimed by China, and Beijing’s proliferation of sensitive technologies to Islamabad as examples of increasing Chinese aggressiveness.

“My apprehension is whether the US will come to India’s rescue if some part of India is encroached by China,” Joshi said.

“People of Ladakh are saying Chinese incursions are taking place. But why do you want to mislead the country,” Joshi asked in the Lok Sabha.

“I have apprehensions that we are in the same state as 1962,” Joshi said.

“My question is whether the country is safe or not? The entire country wants to know it,” Joshi said.

Joshi said China also protested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Tibetan leader Dalai Lama’s Tawang trip.

The BJP’s criticism of the government’s China policy comes weeks after the prime minister said that there was Chinese assertiveness for some time which India regarded as a matter of concern.

The government had downplayed reported incursions that dominated headlines a couple of months ago, saying the it took place due to differences in perception about the Line of Actual Control.

India and China have held 13 rounds of negotiations to resolve their border dispute but there has been no significant progress so far.