Brushing aside Chinese objections over India’s plan to construct a road along the McMahon line, union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said India has every right to undertake infrastructure projects in its territory and no one can stop it.
“We will do certain infrastructural activities which have not been done in the last 60 years. The Chinese should not have a problem with my statement... They cannot stop me from doing my work,” said Rijiju on the sidelines of a function on private security industry organised by the FICCI.
China had reacted sharply to a statement by Rijiju that India was planning to construct a road along the international boundary from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh to match China’s road infrastructure across the McMahon Line. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman had said India should not carry out any action that may complicate the situation.
“I didn’t say that we are going to do anything on their territory. I am an MP from Arunachal Pradesh. I am constitutionally elected and I have the constitutional right and obligation to do whatever is right in our territory. I am looking at border management also,” he said.
Asked about China’s plans to construct a railway line across the McMahon line, the Union minister said it was nothing new.