Modi ministers brief opposition on China standoff, Kashmir violence


Highlights

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    Parliament session begins from Monday

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    Jaitley, Sushma, Rajnath briefed Opposition leaders

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    Congress was also present in the opposition meeting

Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament which begins from Monday, the NDA government today tried its best to built a consensus with the opposition parties on  two critical issues – tension in Jammu and Kashmir and border standoff with China at Doklam in Sikkim area.

Leaders of all prominent opposition parties, including the Congress, attended the meeting at Home Minister Rajnath Singh‘s residence where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed the leaders on the issues. Besides Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, all senior ministers were present at the opposition meeting.

Indian and Chinese soldiers are engaged in a face-off for three weeks at a tri-junction of India-China-Bhutan borders.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who is scheduled to visit Beijing for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) NSAs meet later this month, was also present at the meeting.

 

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala took a jibe at the government, saying it was “satisfying” to see that the NDA government had “finally woken up” after three years to brief the opposition on the issues concerning the nation.

He said the Congress would fully “cooperate” with the government on issues relating to national security.

In the meeting, the government also briefed opposition parties on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir where seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag.

 

Since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016, four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have seen an escalation in violence.

The unrest resumed since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

The government has been facing flak on how the government has dealt with both the issues – China and Kashmir.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s silence on China, and had also met Chinese ambassador to India.

Rahul Gandhi had singled out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) alliance with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the increase in terror attacks in the Kashmir Valley including the Amarnath Yatra terror attack.

He had said Modi’s policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir which is a “grave strategic blow” to India.

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