New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday glorified the Modi-led government for successfully forcing China to retreat from Doklam. While addressing a public rally in Assam’s Hojai, Yogi Adityanath said, “When China tried to forcefully enter India’s borders and threaten our security in Doklam, the government under leadership of Modi ji displayed strong will power & our soldiers gave China a befitting reply. For the first time, China was forced to retreat.”

Notably, the Uttar Pradesh CM was referring to Doklam standoff which was triggered in June 2017. Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam since June 16 after the Indian side stopped construction of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. The face-off had ended on August 28.

Last month Congress president Rahul Gandhi while addressing party’s booth workers at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Stadium had alleged that PM Narendra Modi went to China without agenda and ‘bowed before them with folded hands’ to resolve the Doklam crisis.

Doklam, in the Sikkim sector, is a strategically important area which is claimed by both China and India’s ally Bhutan. India has been acting as security guarantor to the tiny country in the sensitive region. India and Bhutan are likely to deliberate on a mechanism under which troops from both sides will inform each other before carrying out any patrolling on the disputed areas along the nearly 4,000-km border. According to sources, both the sides will attempt to resolve differences in setting up of a hotline between the armies of the two countries.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army has been maintaining that the hotline should be between its Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) and his equivalent official in Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). However, Beijing proposed that the deputy commander of its Chengdu-based Western Theatre Command would engage with the Indian DGMO.

(With agency inputs)