Arunachal will always be part of India: Gamlin
Dismissing China`s repeated claims over AP territory, newly appointed Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin on Friday sent a clear message to Beijing that the state will remain as an "integral part" of the Indian Union.
Itanagar: Dismissing China`s repeated
claims over Arunachal Pradesh territory, newly appointed Chief
Minister Jarbom Gamlin on Friday sent a clear message to Beijing
that the state will remain as an "integral part" of the Indian
"There is no doubt that Arunachal Pradesh is an
integral part of India and the people here are very patriotic
and speak fluent Hindi," Gamlin told reporters at his official
"Any problem whenever it arises along the
international boundary, we report to the defence and external
Affairs ministries for redressal, as it is beyond the
jurisdiction of the state government.
"It is for New Delhi to take up matters with their
Beijing counterparts," he said.
Denying any Chinese incursion in the state, he said
Indian and Chinese villagers sometimes crossed the Indo-Sino
boundary. "It is demarcated by an imaginary line which cannot
be described as incursion."
China claims 90,000 square kilometres of Indian
territory including the whole of Arunachal, which India
Gamlin appealed to the people to remain calm as the
state was passing through a crucial juncture with the death of
former chief minister Dorjee Khandu.
"It is time for us to stand united and work with
consensus to take Khandu`s dream of a prosperous Arunachal
forward," he said.
Asked about the PDS scandal in which former chief
minister Gegong Apang is on bail, he said the law would take
its own course in all cases of corruption.
On the various memorandum of understandings and
agreements inked to tap the huge hydro-power potential of the
state, he said, "My government will ensure effective
implementation of all projects on time in the greater interest
of the nation."