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Has India granted franchise to China to build roads, asks Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Attacking the Centre over China's reported attempt to build a road in the area of Arunachal Pradesh, the today said it happened due to "intelligence failure" and asked if had granted a "franchise" to to construct roads.

wondered what Defence Minister and were doing when "reportedly built 1.3-km-long road in the Indian territory".

"It was an attempt by to foster Dokalam 2.0," he said.

On a sarcastic note, he asked if the had granted a franchise to to construct road in

"My simple question to the of is have they granted a franchise to the Chinese to build roads in India, in our territory? Why is this happening?

"What was our intelligence doing? What were our defence minister, doing? It's total intelligence failure," he told reporters.

Vadakkan suggested relaxing a Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) criteria that a village with a population of at least 100 can have a government-built road.

"Bishing, the village where China reportedly constructed the road, has 16 households and a population of 54, which is why there is no road there," he said.

"The wants to give a positive suggestion to the government. Taking in account national security, PMGSY norms for remote areas should be relaxed and roads must be built to prevent such cases in the future," he added.

Vadakkan alleged that "false bravado, chest thumping and TV studio warfare" were the tools the employed to manage headlines when it came to critical issues of national security.

"The has displayed a heedless, incautious and short-sighted attitude, when it comes to such issues of national security...National security is being ignored," he alleged.

Vadakkan cited the alleged rise in the number of Chinese transgressions into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control, scrapping of a Rs 32,000-crore project to build 12 advanced minesweepers and nuclear submarine INS Arihant reportedly suffering major damage due to "human error" to drive his point home.

"The should clarify the factual matrix on INS Arihant and when will it be operational again. Shockingly, its absence from operations came to the Modi government's attention during the Dokalam standoff.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 19:00 IST