BHUBANESWAR, Nov 20 – Claiming that China was trying to set up bases from Arunachal Pradesh to Kashmir, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today sought a statement from the UPA government on the country’s preparedness in the north and North-East, reports PTI.
Stating that BJP would raise the China issue in the Winter Session of Parliament commencing Tuesday, Joshi said the UPA government must come out with a statement about its preparedness in the north and north-east.
Claiming that China had “surrounded India from all sides”, he said they had been “trying to set up bases from Arunachal Pradesh to Kashmir”.
“China has been trying to have its presence in the Bay of Bengal through countries like Myanmar. If they come to the Bay of Bengal, all existing and upcoming ports in Odisha will be in danger,” Joshi told reporters here.
“While thousands of square miles in Siachen area remained under China’s occupation, Chinese soldiers are frequenting Leh and Ladak areas. Indian Army have recently said that Chinese military were present in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK),” he said.
“With the help of Pakistan”, Joshi said, “China was also trying to set up a port in the Arabian Sea and now attempting to have its presence in the Bay of Bengal”.