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Tapir Gao seeks redrawing of Indian map vis-à-vis Arunachal
SPL CORRESPONDENT
 NEW DELHI, Feb 5 - BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh Tapir Gao today demanded redrawing of the political map of India.

Making a Zero Hour mention in the Lok Sabha, Gao stated that the Angie Valley adjoining the Dibang Valley has been excluded from the political map of India, “whereas our border outposts (BOPs) are located in the excluded area.”

Again in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, in Chaglagam area, the Kajap and Kayo Valleys are excluded from the country’s political map. There are Indian BOPs in these areas and the routes traditionally used by the people of Arunachal Pradesh at Hadigra and Dekhau through the Galai Takru Pass and Tatu Pass, which are the highest peaks on the eastern front in the easternmost corner of Anjaw district called the fishtail by the Indian Army, are controversial and disputed territories.

Gao today called upon the Union Government to redraw the political map like it has done in the case of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

It may be noted that India and China have evolved a mechanism to resolve the border dispute and two Special Representatives are working on the issue. The 22nd meeting of the Special Representatives of India and China was held in New Delhi on December 21 last. The Indian side was led by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, while State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi led the Chinese delegation.

Both the Special Representatives underlined the importance of approaching the boundary issue from the strategic perspective of India-China relations and agreed that an early settlement of the boundary question serves the fundamental interests of both the countries. The Special Representatives resolved to intensify their efforts to achieve a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the India-China boundary question in accordance with the directives provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Ministry of External Affairs stated in a release.

Both the sides agreed that it was important to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas for overall development of bilateral relations, pending final settlement of the boundary dispute. In this context, they recognised the importance of existing confidence building measures (CBMs) to promote exchanges and communication between the border personnel and ensure predictability in border management as well as strategic communication. They also agreed to work together for more CBMs in this regard, the statement added.

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