New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday (July 3) lauded the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ladakh and said the tour will boost the morale of "our valorous soldiers".

PM Modi's visit to Ladakh came amidst the ongoing standoff between the Indian Army and China's PLA (People's Liberation Army) in the forward areas of the high-altitude region.

Tensions had escalated between the two countries after 20 Indian Army personnel were martyred in a fierce clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh last month.

"Leading from the front. Prime Minister Shri @NarendraModi Ji with our brave and courageous personnel of Army, Air Force & ITBP at a forward location in Ladakh. This visit of honourable PM will surely boost the morale of our valorous soldiers," Shah tweeted along with multiple pictures of Modi with the soldiers.

 

Shah also used the hashtag ''#ModiInLeh'' in his Twitter post.

Also, other Union ministers have hailed PM Modi’s visit to Ladakh.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh thanked PM Modi, saying the visit has boosted the morale of the Indian Army.

“The borders of the country have always been secure under the Indian Army. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Ladakh to meet and encourage the soldiers has certainly boosted the morale of the Army. I commend the Prime Minister’s move and thank him for it,” Singh tweeted in Hindi.

Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said the entire country is with PM Modi. “The whole nation is with you. Our PM @narendramodi reached Leh to convey the message of the nation. Salute to PM & our brave soldiers,” he said on Twitter.

“Army’s valour and PM Modi’s trust. Powerful leadership, competent new India,” tweeted Union minister Smriti Irani in Hindi.

Sports minister Kiren Rijiju said that PM Modi has been with the soldiers on many occasions. “Prime Minister @narendramodi ji with our bravehearts at border areas in Ladakh. Since 2014, our PM has been with our Jawans in border areas on Diwali and on many occasions regularly,” he tweeted.

PM Modi interacted with Army, Air Force and personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Nimu near Leh. Located at 11,000 feet, this is among the tough terrains, surrounded by the Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus.

(With inputs from PTI)