The Opposition, along with the Samajwadi Party, which is supporting the UPA government from outside, went hammer and tongs at the government on Monday alleging it was “doing nothing” and acting in a “most cowardly” manner in dealing with the alleged intrusion by the Chinese army into Indian Territory.

They took strong objections to the proposed visit of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to Beijing on May 9 and sought its cancellation.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during zero hour, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav described China as India’s “biggest enemy.”

“We have been warning that China has started occupying our territory. But government is not listening to all this.” One lakh sq km of Indian Territory had been encroached on by the Chinese, he alleged, and said though the Indian Army had said it was ready to remove all the intruders, there was no action. “This government is cowardly, incompetent and good for nothing,” Mr. Yadav said. Mr. Yadav, who spoke amid the din created by Opposition members, claimed he had raised the issue several times with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A.K. Antony, but to no avail. “I went to Dr. Singh’s chamber to talk to him. But no action was taken.”

“When the Army chief himself says the troops are ready to respond, why is the government not issuing instructions to it? They [China] insulted us in 1962. They are insulting us now in the world forums,” the SP leader noted.

After the 1962 war it was decided that till China moved away from “every inch of our land, we will not hold any talk with them. But now a Minister is going to China to hold discussions,” Mr. Yadav said. The threat from China had exceeded that from Pakistan, he opined.

In a deep incursion, a platoon of China’s Border Defence Regiment entered the Daulat Beg Oldi sector in Ladakh on April 15 and erected a tented post. In 2010, on the Home Ministry’s request, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police had begun manning the area

The DBO sector, located in north-east Ladakh, was a historic camp site and is located on the ancient silk trade route. The Government should take steps to drive out the Chinese forces and demarcate the Line of Actual Control, said Biju Janata Dal MP from Cuttack, Bhatruhari Mahtab. Unless the LAC was demarcated, such incursions and skirmishes would continue to occur, he said

Kolkata Uttar Lok Sabha member Sudip Bandyopadhyay (Trinamool Congress) said “China is in a mood to attack India slowly for which we should take immediate steps.” Dr. Singh should come to the House and brief the members about the latest situation, he said.

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