Government's J&K step led to Galwan face-off: CPM mouthpiece

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A woman in New Delhi holds a collage of Indian soldiers killed in the recent clashes in Ladakh (ANI)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Despite growing criticism against CPM’s soft stand on China after

the Galwan Valley

conflict, the party mouthpiece ‘People’s Democracy’ listed out a few acts of India that CPM feared “might have contributed to such a situation developing” in Ladakh. An editorial dated June 28 terms China’s action “egregious”, while listing out suspected provocative steps from the Indian side.
“The steps to dismantle the state of Jammu & Kashmir and break it up into two centrally-administered territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh led to external repercussions. China saw it from their standpoint. The Chinese government protested twice before India that for them this amounted to changing an administrative arrangement, which has an impact on an area to which China has claim. But, the Indian government overlooked this response even when China got the matter raised at an informal session of

UN Security Council

,” the editorial said. The editorial also quoted Union home minister

Amit Shah

’s statement in Parliament on August 6, 2019 — “I want to put this on record that whenever I say state of Jammu & Kashmir in the House, then both PoK and

Aksai Chin

are part of it” — to allege that the political grandstanding by senior government leaders on this issue had also its impact.
“Foreign minister

S Jaishankar

in September 2019 talked about having physical jurisdiction of PoK one day,” it noted.

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