Will China turn a domestic political headache for PM Modi and BJP?

An ABP-CVoter national survey on the India-China Ladakh border issue, released recently, had some interesting findings. Almost 68 per cent of the participants believed that China now poses a bigger problem to India than Pakistan, and 73.6 per cent of the respondents expressed trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership on the issue of national security. However, only 39.8 per cent believed that Indian government had given China a befitting reply.

Only 32 per cent of those surveyed by ABP-CVoter believed that Pakistan is a more serious concern compared to China, according to the survey.

The survey comes against the backdrop of the continuing border tensions with China, with 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, killed in a clash with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in Ladakh last week.

The survey said its respondents laid high trust in the BJP-led NDA government as 73.6 per cent of them said they have more confidence in Modi than opposition parties in dealing with the crisis. Merely 16.7 per cent responded in favour of the opposition, while 9.6 per cent said neither the government nor its rival parties are capable of handling the ongoing dispute with China.

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