Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived in Leh on Thursday. He inaugurated the 26th ‘Kisan-Jawan Vigyan Mela’ in Leh. This is Rajnath Singh's first visit to Ladakh since the government's decision to scrap Article 370. The government had passed a resolution that bifurcates Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh into two Union Territories. Rajnath Singh is scheduled to hold parleys with Leh locals and military officials deployed in the area, defence officials confirmed.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also inaugrated the 'Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela', a fair that aims at boosting the strategic ecosystem in the newly formed Union Territory of Ladakh.
आज लद्दाख़ में ‘किसान जवान विज्ञान मेला’ का उद्घाटन किया गया। DIHAR @DRDO_India द्वारा आयोजित यह किसान जवान विज्ञान मेला लद्दाख में Strategic Ecosystem को मज़बूत करने की दिशा में एक बड़ा कदम है। pic.twitter.com/Wyip3VToaO— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 29, 2019
In addition, he also addressed the people of Ladakh and said that the government's decision to scrap Article 370 was also taken considering Ladakh. He assured Localized Solution for Strategic Leaders:
"We respected the public sentiment here and gave solutions to the problems."
Earlier on Thursday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that he is leaving for Leh. In addition, Singh also said that during his visit he will be attending an event organized by the DRDO. Here's the Defence Minister's tweet:
Leaving New Delhi for Leh, where I shall be attending a programme organised by @DRDO_India— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 29, 2019
However, the primary agenda of Rajnath Singh's visit is for a briefing on the security and defence situation on the China and Pakistan border. China had opposed the Indian Government's move to make Ladakh a Union Territory. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had previously visited Ladakh. In Ladakh, he laid a wreath at the Siachen War Memorial. His last visit was when he assumed office as the Defence Minister.
Indian Army Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General M.M. Naravane issued a stern warning to China on Wednesday. Naravane said that its not 1962, where the Indian Army can be caught off-guard. In addition, Naravane also asserted that Chinese troops were caught off-guard during the Doklam stand-off. He added that no matter how China positions itself, Indian Forces are not pushovers and the Doklam incident proved that. Naravane also warned Pakistan and said that its constant threats of raising nuclear bogey do not bother India and that its not scared.
(With Agency Inputs)