Joshi demands resolution of Chinese claim over Arunachal

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Agartala, Feb 20 (UNI) BJP national leader and former union minister Murali Manohar Joshi today demanded a unanimous resolution in Parliament on the Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh.

Addressing the media here Dr Joshi asserted his party would take up the issue in the coming session of Parliament.

Expressing dismay over the UPA government on the issue, he reiterated that it should give a 'strong' reply to China for taking objection to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assertion that Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India.

''Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and a proper, effective and strong reply should be given to the Chinese objection,'' he stated.

He pointed out that Dr Singh was 'scared' to utter words against China because of the Leftists who support them to run the government in Delhi.

Criticising the Left Front, Dr Joshi said Left parties had never opposed the Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh and even 'accepted the fact' of Chinese aggression in India in 1962.

''Let them clarify their stand on these two and then ask for vote,'' he remarked.

Dr Joshi arrived here to campaign for the BJP in the February 23 assembly poll. He is scheduled to address a public rally in Shakuntala Road area of the city this afternoon.

Reacting to Chinese government lodging a protest with India over the Prime Minister's statement that Arunachal was 'our land of rising sun' during his recent visit to that state, Dr Joshi flayed the UPA for its 'inexplicable silence' over the Chinese claim.

He also stated that the BJP would move a proposal in the coming session of Parliament to pass a resolution over all the territory of India that had been claimed by neighbouring countries.

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