Exclusive | Aksai Chin is ours, time to take it back: BJP Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal

In an exclusive interview to India Today TV, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said, “Not just Aksai Chin, but even areas like Gilgit and Baltistan are all part of Ladakh. India of 2020 is not the India of 1962.”

Lok Sabha MP from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal. (Photo: Facebook/Jamyang Tsering Namgyal)

BJP Lok Sabha MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal on Thursday said the Aksai Chin is an Indian territory and it is now time to tack it back from Chinese occupation.

Speaking to India Today TV, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said, “Not just Aksai Chin, but even areas like Gilgit and Baltistan are all part of Ladakh. India of 2020 is not the India of 1962.”

On the role of locals in the bordering areas in Ladakh, the Lok Sabha MP said Indian shepherds should go to their traditional pasturelands, to which China has denied them access, and reclaim Indian territory.

“We seek a bigger role for locals in Ladakh for border protection,” he said.

His comments comes three days after 20 Indian Army soldiers, including a colonel-rank officer, were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley.

For the past one-and-a-half-month, Indian and Chinese troops have been in the midst of a major standoff in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control.

Monday’s violent face-off involing casualties on both sides was the first such incident in more than four decades between the two armies.

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