West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee believes that recent reports of intrusion by the Chinese army in the northeast are false.
He said the reports of intrusions into Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh were a propaganda run by the “pro-US Indian media”. And the conspiracy was hatched by the US arms lobby.
The 67-year-old chief minister and a member of the CPI(M) Politburo, the highest policy-making body of the party, said, “There’s no such intrusion in actuality.”
Addressing party colleagues at a seminar in Kolkata to commemorate the 60 years of the People’s Republic of China on Friday, Bhattacharjee said all this was happening, as India was forming a power group with Beijing and Moscow.
He said, “India, China and Russia will make an important alternative power group to the US. These reports are being spread to prevent that from happening.”
Although the Union government initially denied the media reports on the Chinese army’s intrusion into Indian territories several times this year, the army later acknowledged that the intrusions did happen in Arunachal Pradesh.
Even during the Sino-Indian conflict of 1962, the undivided Communist Party of India was divided over whether China was the aggressor.
While a faction led by S.A. Dange supported the Indian government, the other led by Jyoti Basu gave a clean chit to China.
Bhattacharjee, however, said, “We don’t follow either China or Russia. We take our own decision according to the Indian context.”