Govt briefs Oppn on Indo-China standoff, Kashmir; Cong says ‘nation comes first’

Emerging from the meeting, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma told reporters that their party has raised some doubts before the government but made it clear that "nation is first -- be it China or Kashmir".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2017 10:35 pm
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The issue with China and growing unrest in Kashmir will be raised in the Parliament session beginning next week by opposition parties, who were on Friday briefed by the government about the situation on both the fronts. Emerging from the meeting, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma told reporters that their party has raised some doubts before the government but made it clear that “nation is first — be it China or Kashmir”. “There is too much of tension and that should be lowered through diplomacy. We will also raise the issue in Parliament,” both the leaders said. Sharma said that the Congress made its view clear that national security was the priority and advised the government to rise above politics and tackle the situation diplomatically.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien said that his party raised “some serious questions” and claimed that the government had no answer to his question on preparedness for such incidents. The opposition leaders were briefed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and top officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, ahead of the Parliament session beginning Monday.

The opposition leaders were told about the prevailing situation along the Sino-Indian border and Jammu and Kashmir and the government’s action. Others who attended the meeting — considered an effort to build consensus on dealings with India’s biggest neighbour and Kashmir — included Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress) Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), Tariq Anwar (NCP) and Sharad Yadav and K C Tyagi (JD-U).

China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Dokalam area for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. In Jammu and Kashmir, seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday. Four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.

The unrest has resumed since the April 9 by-poll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. Opposition leaders have been criticising the government for the way it has handled China and Kashmir.

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  1. Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    It is always good to explain the details by the Govt. and shared with the Opposition Parties and when it comes to Nation, all of us must extend full support to the Govt. and show UNITY and solidarity by setting aside the differences between them and not to play politics over the issue and in that aspect both Ruling party and the Opposition Parties behaved with maturity which is a good sign for the Country. Hope the same manner they will show UNITY while debating at the Parliament session and play an constructive role that should save the Nation but definitely not to belittle each other and thus show our weakness to the Enemy Nations (both China and Pakistan )
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      chang woo
      Jul 15, 2017 at 4:06 pm
      why you steal chinese land with out talking to china first about the road that is very nasty china then ask you to pull back your troops and lets talk but you sent even more troops/ it means you are not going to give back china its lawfull land / the road was being built on chinese land/you make china look like a big coward by sttealing and gettiing away this long
      1. R
        Jul 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm
        We already have no friendly neighbours. We do not need another enemy. We have national pride, but we do not want self destruction of our beautiful country because of the greed of the few. We need to stop invading other people's lands. Give back to the people of Kashmir. There's too much tension and too much ego. Peace brother.
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          Khangressi Chachaa
          Jul 15, 2017 at 6:18 am
          Hahaha, Pappu aka Raul Maino aka Rahul Gandhi to fool Indians has done setting with the Chinese. China would pump in money to destabilize India from within and Khangress aka Congress would help the Chinese in this by Mombaatii March, not in my name, award waapsi like ranndaapps. China doesn't need to fight a direct war with India. India kii opposition parties are full of Jaichands, who would sell India to any foreign country in exchange for some loose change, the Chinese would throw at them.
          1. P
            Jul 15, 2017 at 6:14 am
            Nation first is good. We must have our soldiers return back to India. We should not be going in to other countries to start war again. We want peace and prosperity!
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