Table defence agreement with China in Parliament: BJP

Rajnath Singh said that PM did not take Parliament into confidence before entering into the agreement.

Written by PTI | Jammu | Updated: February 6, 2014 3:48:12 pm

BJP Sunday asked the UPA government to table in Parliament during its forthcoming winter session the

Border Defence Agreement Cooperation signed with China by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Beijing in October.

BJP president Rajnath Singh also said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not think of taking Parliament into confidence before entering into the agreement.

“Recently Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited China where he signed the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement which has many controversial clauses. One clause,as I am made to understand,is that border forces of either country would not tail each other if they inadvertently entered each other’s territory,” he said,addressing a public rally here.

“They (UPA) did not take Parliament into confidence. Parliament session is starting from December 5. We will raise this question in the Parliament…the agreement with China should be tabled in Parliament,” he said.

The BJP leader also said India should issue stapled visas to Tibetans in response to China issuing such visas to those living in Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

“If China says it will issue stapled visa to people of Arunachal Pradesh and J&K,Prime Minister should tell China strongly that India will also issue stapled visas to people living in Tibet…this answer should be given to them,” Singh said.

Criticising the stand taken by India during the incursion by Chinese troops into Indian territory,he said,”Chinese Army stayed in tents in DoB for 21 days. I want to ask the PM and External Affairs Minister why Chinese and Indian Army troops retreated? China had to leave as they had intruded into this side,but why Indian troops were forced to return from their own land? PM and External Affairs Minister should answer to people of India.”

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