After some media reports indicated that China is again increasing its presence in Doklam and may even be constructing a new road in the area, the government has denied such allegations. Responding to a question related to the recent developments in Doklam, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the reports are incorrect. “We have seen recent press reports on Doklam. There are no new developments at the face-off site and its vicinity since the August 28 disengagement. The status quo prevails in this area. Any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect,” the MEA said in a statement. Referring to the media reports, political pundits said that this again is an attempt by opposition forces to slander the ruling government.
It may be recalled that Rahul Gandhi was the one who had started the conversation on the topic and the report that he had referred to was the one published by NDTV. It’s common knowledge that NDTV is a strong critic of government and its policies and Rahul Gandhi using one of its articles to slander the government is nothing new. The NDTV report had claimed that China has started road construction around 12 kilometers away from the disputed site at Doklam. The report had also claimed that nearly 500 Chinese soldiers were deployed to provide security to the people constructing the road. However, MEA’s statement clearly shows that the report is incorrect and is probably being used to tarnish the government’s image.