BJP slams Govt for downplaying China's objection to road construction in Ladakh

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New Delhi, Dec. 2 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday accused the Centre of downplaying China's objection to a road construction project near the Line of Actual Control, in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Our primary concern is that why is Indian government downplaying this incident. I want to know why Indian government did not call the Chinese ambassador and stage protest against their objection. It is India's territory," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters at a new conference.

"Even we are in favour of good relations with China but not at the cost of India's strategic policy.

We would expect that Indian government takes the entire parliament into confidence and give a statement here. Indian Prime minister should present his objection and call the China's ambassador to present them formal serious objection by India. We would definitely expect this in the parliament," he added.

Authorities in J-K have stopped work on a road near the border with China after objections from the Chinese army, an official said, underlining a festering row over the border.

The eight-kilometre road was being built in the remote Demchok area of Ladakh near LAC, a military line that divides J-K with Chinese territory.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Defence, Pallam Raju, reiterated that there has been difference in perception on the border issue with China but it will be sorted out.

"I really don't know what the reasons for stopping the work is but we all know that there is a difference in the perception of border with China and that could be one of the reasons. But these are the issues that will be sorted out," Raju said. (ANI)

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