Opposition leaders were on Friday briefed by the government on the stand-off with China and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the Defence portfolio, were among those present at the meeting.
Leaders of opposition parties present included Congress’s senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikurjan Kharge and Anand Sharma, Janata Dal-United’s Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury and Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien.
AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan told reporters later that Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made a presentation on the military stand-off in the Doklam Plateau adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan.
The opposition is likely to raise the two issues during Parliament’s monsoon session that begins on Monday.
Here are some reactions from the opposition leaders:
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: All opposition parties assured govt that when it comes to territorial integrity of the country, we should all stand united.
Sitaram Yechury,CPI(M): Govt said that they’ll tackle the situation through dialogues. They also gave a clarification on the security lapses.
Ram Vilas Paswan, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief : MEA and Foreign Secretary gave detailed information on border issues, especially on Doklam. Everybody has promised to support the government.
Anand Sharma, Congress: National security is the top priority of INC, advised them to tackle situation diplomatically and rise above the politics of national interest.
Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress: Asked serious questions. Why was government unprepared and if this was their failure? We didn’t get answers that we were looking for.
(With IANS inputs)
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