NEW DELHI: Defence minister
on Saturday rejected former
’s claims over Chinese transgression in Ladakh as “baseless” and said he should rise above politics in matters of national interest.
“He shouldn’t even be discussed given the kind of statements he makes. These allegations are totally baseless and lack substance. He should look at China’s history from 1962 till 2013. When the question is about India’s national interest and integrity, one should rise above politics,” the minister said in an interview to India TV news channel.
Singh reiterated that India is under no pressure and that it wants good relations with all the neighbours. “Neither we want even one inch of anybody’s land nor we will let anybody take an inch of ours. China has also said it wants to talk to India. However, we can’t say how much time this may take, but we are ready,” he said.
Later, at a poll rally in Patna, Singh hit out at Congress for its repeated attacks at the Centre over the India-China tensions and said it will be difficult for the opposition to save its face if he makes disclosure on the matter. “The opposition parties and Congress are questioning the bravery of our soldiers. It’s being said China has captured 1200 sq km of land. It will be difficult for them to save face if I make disclosure,” Singh said.
He lauded the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in clashes with Chinese troops in
the Galwan Valley
and said they showed exemplary courage and valour.