The Chinese incursions sparked sharp reactions from India [ Images ]n political parties on Thursday with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [ Images ] saying India needed a government with "steel in its spine and not jelly" so that it does not become a "punching bag", while the Samajwadi Party demanded to know the country's military preparedness.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad appealed to the countrymen to boycott purchasing of Chinese items in view of its "hostile attitude" and "evil designs" on the country's land due to repeated incursions along the Line of Actual Control.
Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ] Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah [ Images ] said "aggressive steps" taken by China was not a "good step" for bilateral ties at a time when India was trying to strengthen the relations.
"It would be better to stop these things as soon as possible," he said.
In a strongly worded statement, AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha said, "What we want is a government with steel in its spine, not jelly. Otherwise, India would become a punching bag hit around by just about anyone who takes a fancy to do so."
Describing both the Chinese incursions and ceasefire violations by Pakistan as "alarming", Jayalalithaa [ Images ] alleged that the "aggressive" neighbouring countries view India as the "softest and least assertive state" in terms of international relations.
The United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] government was so "pathetic" that even before the countries concerned went on a denial mode India gave them a "clean chit", she said.