New Delhi: Former defence minister Mulayam
Singh Yadav on Tuesday claimed that China could attack India "soon"
and the threat needed to be taken seriously against the
backdrop of the 1962 invasion.
"China is laying claim on several of our states including
Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand besides
Ladakh region.... It is going to attack us soon... The attack
can take place any time," the Samajwadi party supremo said in
the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.
JD-U chief Sharad Yadav supported the contention of Yadav
while SP member Ramkishun felt China is a threat as it eyes
The SP chief wanted Parliament to immediately discuss the
issue threadbare in view of the threat. He had unsuccessfully
tried to raise the issue as soon as the House met for the day.
While Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal
said he would draw the attention of the Defence Minister to
Yadav`s statement, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, "We will discuss this issue."
The SP chief said when he was defence minister, roads had
been laid on the borders with China which have now turned bad.
As against this, China has built four to eight lane roads on
its side of the border.
Yadav claimed that the Army top brass has been warning the
government over the Chinese threat.
His statement came close on the heels of Army Chief Gen VK Singh`s remarks that India was "not sure" of China`s
intentions for developing infrastructure along the borders. At
the same time, the General had said that a repeat of the 1962
aggression was "never" possible.
"China is doing a great amount of infrastructure
development, which it says is for locals of the area. No bones
about it, no crib about it. But our problem is we are not very
sure about the intentions. And when intentions change, with
this capability, things can go wrong. And that is what is a
matter of concern," the Army Chief had said.