Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and ruling ally Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Friday offered the state’s full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the ongoing face-off with China, official sources stated.
The commitment by Thackeray, the Shiv Sena supremo, and Pawar came through the PM’s video-conference interaction with various political parties this evening.
“We’re strong and united. This message must be conveyed to China. Maharashtra government is fully behind you and the troopers on the borders,” Thackeray stated.
The CM pointed out how a flawed impression is sought to be conveyed that India is weaker in comparison with China, “however that is an outdated story… Now, we’re additionally well-equipped in all respects, however we are in no hurry to attack anyone”.
“We will always stress on communication and discussion, but if anyone makes an attempt to take advantage of it, then we must show them our power,” Thackeray urged.
Pawar – a former Defence Minister- stated the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s occupation of the high ground in Galwan Valley is actually with the specific objective of dominating Dubruk-DBO Road on the Indian side.
“Chinese troops can, at any time, decide to force the closure of this highway which would be at heavy army cost to India, and DBO is also important because it further links to Karakoram Pass and on the left side the Siachen Glacier,” Pawar stated.
Providing his expertise, Pawar stated: “The PLA must be evacuated from occupying an excessive ground in Galwan Valley on the Indian side. If we want the PLA to evacuate from Galwan, compulsory measures are required. It would be advisable to strategize using diplomatic channels to diffuse pressure on the border and make China see the cause.”