“If we rename these territories, will they become Indian territory?” RAJNATH ATTACKS CHINA REGARDING ARUNACHAL

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took a firm stance on Tuesday against China “renaming” several locations in Arunachal Pradesh and asked Beijing a significant question. Mr Singh asked the adjacent countries if renaming some areas in China would make them ours.

Less than two weeks before the state votes in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, the defence minister claimed the BJP-led government has taken initiatives to build infrastructure as well as villages near the border while speaking at a rally in Namsai, in the Arunachal East seat.

“This is where we live. China’renamed’ three locations in Arunachal Pradesh and put them up on its website recently. I would like to inform our neighbour that renaming won’t accomplish anything. If we alter the names tomorrow

“Such actions, in my opinion, are detrimental to China-India relations. It was once said by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that although one can change their friends, they cannot change their neighbours. India wishes to have positive relations with all of its neighbours, but the country today is strong enough to retaliate against anyone who attempts to undermine our sense of self-respect,” he said.

The defence minister took aim at the Congress by claiming that vast areas of land had already been given up before the BJP-led administration took office at the federal level. Mr. Singh cited the advancements in the area’s infrastructure as evidence of Prime Minister Modi’s attention to the northeast.

“I promise you that no one can now seize India’s land. We have corrected the errors made by Congress and

“The residents of Arunachal, these strategically significant villages, are also our strategic assets. We all adore and respect you especially because of this. The part each and every one of you has played in every conflict with China will never be forgotten,” he continued.

‘Renaming’ of sites has been denied by India Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, who represents Arunachal Pradesh, declared this week that India will defend every square inch of its territory and that the nation has changed since 1962.

On April 19, Arunachal will cast ballots in both the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. The general election results will be counted on June 2 and the Assembly polls on June 2.

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