Chief Minister Nabam Tuki told a public rally at Daporijo in upper Subansiri district supported Antony's criticism of the Chinese reaction and asserted that Arunachal Pradesh was an integral part of India.
"Arunachal Pradesh has never been a part of China which is locally known as 'Quiding'(distant land)," Tuki said. The Chinese foreign ministry had earlier objected to Antony's visit to Itanagar to attend the states silver jubilee celebrations of statehood on February 20.
He said that China had no rights to intervene in the internal matters of a sovereign country and its democratically formed state government. Arunachal was celebrating its 25 years of statehood and had the right to invite central ministers to join the celebrations, he said.
Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy echoed the same sentiment at the rally.