Defence minister Rajnath Singh to address parliament on Tawang skirmish


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to address the parliament on Tawang skirmish in Lok Sabha at 12 pm and in Rajya Sabha at 2 pm. Meanhile Rajnath Singh held a high level meeting with CDS General Anil Chauhan, Army Chief General Manj Pande and NSA Ajit Doval after reports of clash between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector emerged.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah slammed congress in context of the Rajiv Gandhi foundation. Shah further stated that as long as there is Modi and BJP government in the country, no one can take even an inch of India’s land.  While lauding the valour of Indian Army, shah said that the Indian troops deployed in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector on December 9 gave a befitting response to the Chinese troops  . Meanwhile several opposition leaders have submitted notices in Parliament on the clash.

Before the recent clash between India and China in the Yangtse area near Tawang, Chinese drones had moved very aggressively towards the Indian positions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh forcing the Indian Air Force to scramble its fighter aircrafts deployed in the region.

The Chinese military has been behaving aggressively over issues in the Yangtse in the vicinity of the Holydip and Parikrama area on the LAC where the Chinese side has been opposing Indian positions.

“In the last few weeks, there have been two to three occasions where our fighter jets had to be scrambled to tackle the Chinese drones moving towards our positions on the LAC. The Su-30MKI jets had to be scrambled to tackle the air violation threat,” said defence sources.

The Indian Air Force keeps a close watch on Chinese drone activities along the LAC in the northeast. The actions have to be taken as the drones or any aircraft cannot be allowed to violate the airspace, they said.

The sources said if the drones fly parallel to the LAC, the Indian side does not have any issues with it but if the aircrafts or drones are picked up by radars flying towards Indian Territory, necessary actions have to be taken to prevent any violation, they said.