Protests By Chandrababu Naidu's Party Hit PM Modi's Andhra Campaign

Narendra Modi arrives to attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony in New Delhi

Protests By Chandrababu Naidu's Party Hit PM Modi's Andhra Campaign

"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border".

New Delhi considers Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian state, but Beijing claims a large part of it as South Tibet.

Hours after China expressed its displeasure over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Ministry of External Affairs asserted that the state of Arunachal Pradesh is an "integral and inalienable part" of India.

The Andhra Pradesh government has hired two special trains to ferry people to New Delhi for Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's protest against the Centre on February 11, officials said here on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that basic infrastructure has been a long-standing demand of Arunachal Pradesh which was ignored by the previous governments. It will be built at a cost of Rs 700 crore.

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Once operational, Hollongi Airport, which is being developed on a greenfield site, will have a 2.2km (1.4 mile) runway and provide direct flights to several major Indian cities.

The strong public reaction from the Chinese government came despite the leaders of two countries, PM Modi and President Xi Jinping, having met four times a year ago, most recently on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires in December.

The 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese armies on the Doklam Plateu at the tri-junction with Bhutan had seriously affected the bilateral ties, following which a series of high-level meetings between the political and military leaderships have been held in an effort to improve relations.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in response to a question on Modi's visit said, "China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut".

Mr Reddy, who is the leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, informed the Governor that he had already lodged a complaint with the Election Commission stating that lakhs of fake voters were included in the voters' list in Andhra Pradesh.

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