NEW DELHI: A day after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashed with the Chinese troops at LAC in Ladakh, political leaders from across the spectrum condemned China’s transgression and resolved to stand behind the country’s armed forces.
Here is a look at some of the political reactions —
I bow to exemplary courage and supreme sacrifice of our soldiers: President Ram Nath Kovind
As Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, I bow to exemplary courage and supreme sacrifice of our soldiers to protect sovereignty and integrity of country. All those who laid down their lives in Galwan Valley have upheld the best traditions of Indian armed forces.
The sacrifice of our jawans will not be in vain: PM Narendra Modi
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 are the most important…India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated. India wants peace but when instigated, India is capable of giving a befitting reply, be it any kind of situation.
Loss of soldiers deeply disturbing and painful: Defence minister Rajnath Singh
The loss of soldiers in Galwan is deeply disturbing and painful. Our soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. Nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers. The nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this difficult hour. We are proud of the bravery and courage of India’s bravehearts.
Nation salutes our immortal heroes: Amit Shah, Union home minister
I bow to families who have blessed the Indian Army with such great heroes. India will always be indebted for their supreme sacrifice. The pain of losing our brave soldiers while protecting our motherland at Ladakh’s Galwan can not be put in words. Nation salutes our immortal heroes who sacrificed their lives to keep Indian territory safe and secure. Their bravery reflects India’s commitment towards her land.
We salute the supreme sacrifice of our valiant soldiers: Indian Army
General MM Naravane, the Chief of Army Staff and all ranks salute the supreme sacrifice of our valiant soldiers at Galvan. We offer deepest condolences to families and stand strong in our resolve towards protecting sovereignty and integrity of our country. Their sacrifices will not go in vain:
Confident that country will unite to face enemy: Sonia Gandhi, Congress president
In this time of crisis, Congress stands with the Army and government; confident that country will unite to face enemy.
How dare China kill our soldiers? Rahul Gandhi, Congress
Why is the PM silent? Why is he hiding? Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened. How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?” he said.
India stands firmly united behind its armed forces: Anand Sharma, Congress
India stands firmly united behind its armed forces in this challenging time and we’re confident that they’re firm in their resolve to defend the country’s security. It’s also important that all facts are shared with the leadership of opposition parties and with Parliament.
Ladakh situation due to diplomatic short-sightedness of Modi govt: Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, Congress
Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury charged that the situation along the India-China border was due to the “diplomatic short-sightedness” of the Narendra Modi government, and said it was time that the prime minister proves that he has “a 56-inch chest”.
All parties will support any decision PM takes: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena
Our relations with China have not been great, but no bullets had been fired at the China border for close to 50 years. The killing of 20 of our jawans is shocking. We cannot hold Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi responsible for whatever happened at the border. We all are responsible for the martyrdom of 20 jawans. All parties will support whatever decision the Prime Minister takes but he should tell people what went wrong.
Our soldiers fought bravely to protect country’s frontiers: Sudhindra Bhadoria, BSP
I must also admit that this brave fight was put up by our soldiers in order to protect the country’s frontiers. This was in the national interest. They fought bravely and sacrificed their lives.
Sovereignty of Galwan area belongs to China: China
The sovereignty of the Galwan valley area has always belonged to China. The Indian border troops flip-flopped and seriously violated our border protocols on border-related issues and the consensus of our commander level talks. We ask India to strictly discipline its frontline troops, stop infringing and provocative activity at once, work with China and come back to the right track of resolving the differences through dialogue and talk.