Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to travel to Leh today; first such visit to region since abrogation of Article 370

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Leh on Thursday to attend a programme being organised by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

  • This will be the first visit by the Defence Minister to Ladakh after the government abrogated Article 370 and passed a resolution bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories earlier this month

  • During the visit, Rajnath Singh is expected to hold parleys with both locals and military officials deployed in the area, defence officials had said

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Leh on Thursday to attend a programme being organised by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

"Leaving New Delhi for Leh, where I shall be attending a programme organised by @DRDO_India," he said in a tweet in the morning.

This will be the first visit by the Defence Minister to Ladakh after the government abrogated Article 370 and passed a resolution bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories earlier this month.

During the visit, Rajnath Singh is expected to hold parleys with both locals and military officials deployed in the area, defence officials had said.

In Leh, the Defence Minister is expected to be briefed by the local military commanders about the security situation on both China and Pakistan borders.
Rajnath's visit comes amid China's opposition to the move of making Ladakh a UT.

In June, Rajnath had visited Ladakh soon after assuming the post of Defence Minister and laid a wreath at the Siachen War memorial.

Updated Date: Aug 29, 2019 09:00:33 IST