BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh Tapir Gao has warned the Union government against letting Arunachal Pradesh become the next Doklam. “China is seizing our land,” the BJP MP in Lok Sabha said. This is not the first time the MP moved the Centre, trying to sensitise it to Chinese expansionism, but no visible result has come forth so far.
“China raises an objection whenever the Honourable President, Honourable Prime Minister Modi ji, Honourable Home Minister Amit Shah ji or Honourable Defence Minister Rajnath Singh ji visits Arunachal Pradesh,” Tapir Gao said, raising the matter during the Zero Hour. He said, on 14 November, when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, China had objected to that, too.
Tapir Gao said, “I will ask this House and the media to oppose this attitude of China. If Doklam is repeated, it will be repeated in Arunachal Pradesh because here China is constantly grabbing our land.” The MP said he had been raising this concern for many years. “So far, China has illegally occupied 50 to 60 km of land (into Indian territory),” the MP said on Tuesday.
Last year in Doklam in Sikkim, there was a 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers. The soldiers of the two countries stood facing one another as India refused to let China build roads in the disputed area.
This corridor is important for India because from here India connects with the rest of the Northeast. On 28 August 2017, after the mutual agreement between the two countries, China stopped building the road and halted other constructions in the area, after which the Indian soldiers went back to their posts.
In September, Tapir Gao had said that Chinese troops had infiltrated into the Anja district of Arunachal Pradesh and also constructed a bridge there. But the Union minister from the same State, Kiran Rijiju, claimed that there was complete peace between India and China in the border State of Arunachal Pradesh and that there was no territorial dispute between the two countries there!