China protests visit by India's Modi to disputed border area

Minnie Murray
February 11, 2019

"Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India". We are leaving no stone unturned for future-proofing India.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced black flags from angry demonstrators on reaching Guwahati on Saturday, several protests now await him in Andhra Pradesh, where he is scheduled to address a rally on Sunday, February 10.

A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, huge hoardings saying "Modi No Entry" and "Modi Never Again" along with his pictures have come up on the way from the Gannavaram airport to Vijayawada.

Earlier in February past year, China had voiced its "firm opposition" to the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Arunachal Pradesh, saying that it would lodge a diplomatic protest with India.

Modi also mentioned about the government fulfilling the four decades old demand for One Rank One Pension, and said "Congress also leaves no opportunity to belittle our Army".

The Prime Minister was speaking at a public meeting organised by the BJP after dedicating two major projects in the State to the nation - the strategic crude oil storage facility at Visakhapatnam with a capacity of 1.33 million tonnes built at a cost of Rs 1,125 crores and S 1 Vashista gas field development project in the Krishna-Godavari basin taken up by the ONGC at a cost of Rs 5,700 crores.

His comments assume significance in the wake of repeated attacks from main opposition DMK and its friendly parties in Tamil Nadu that the BJP government at the Centre was working against the interests of the minorities. "The fast is merely a bid to shift the focus from TDP's own failures", Mithun Reddy, former MP and YSR (Congress) leader said. "From the seas to the skies, the Congress has several scams associated with the defence and in the process the party did not allow the modernisation of defence forces for long years that they were in power", Mr Modi said. The TDP had pulled out of the BJP-led NDA government a year ago.

"It is a national commitment to the people of the North East that they will not be harmed in any way and citizenship will be only granted after due investigation and recommendation of the state governments", Modi said.

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