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Modi Ministers’ conflicting views

Modi Ministers’ conflicting views
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Repeated incursion by the Chinese troops into Indian territory have elicited diver- gent, at times almost contradictory, opinions from two key Cabinet ministers.

It is a serious issue only for media: Parrikar

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Manohar ParrikarNew Delhi: Repeated incursion by the Chinese troops into Indian territory have elicited diver- gent, at times almost contradictory, opinions from two key Cabinet ministers.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, addressing a rally in Leh in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, said the breach of the border did not augur well for cordial relations between the Asian giants. "China has illegally occupied Aksai Chin and incursion by Chinese troops do not augur well in maintaining cordial relations with our neighbour," he said.

The home minister's tough stance is in contrast to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's more seemingly laidback and "soft" response to queries on Chinese intrusions.

Speaking at his first official media briefing after being appointed to his post, he said: "There are small small breaches of what you call as Line of (Actual) Control, that is not to be taken too seriously. Overall the problem is being tackled in a different way. I'll not discuss about individual crossings."

Parrikar, while saying the intrusions were a "serious issue" only for the media, also stated that it was usual for Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory and Indian soldiers to stray on to Chinese soil often.

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