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China has encroached upon India, UPA still silent: Mulayam

May 01, 2010 18:01 IST

Describing China as the biggest threat to the country, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav slammed the United Progressive Alliance for being a "silent spectator" to alleged Chinese encroachment of Indian territory.

"China has encroached upon Indian land and is staking claim over areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh but the UPA government instead of taking up the issue with the neighbour and repudiating its claims, has remained a silent spectator," Yadav, a former defence minister, said addressing a function at SBRL Vaishya Academy at Manipuri in Uttar Pradesh.

Terming China as the biggest threat to the country, he asked the central government to take steps to preserve the country's territory.

He said the dam being constructed on the Brahmaputra by China would adversely affect water availability on this side.

Referring to the "clean-up" drive launched by the Bahujan Samaj Party against criminal elements, Yadav said no action has been taken against almost 51 percent of the ministers with such a background who have been gathering money through unfair means.

Reiterating that the Women's Reservation Bill in its present form would not serve the purpose, he demanded separate quota for scheduled castes and backwards in the legislation.

"If the government is really interested in the uplift of women they should reserve 50 percent seats for girls in technical institutions," Yadav said.
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