The all-party meet on the ongoing India-China standoff in Doklam in Sikkim sector and the Kashmir situation, chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, started on Friday evening at his residence in New Delhi.
The meeting is being attended by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar are also present in the meeting. Leaders of opposition parties have also been invited to the meeting.
Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh are expected to brief the opposition parties in the meeting. The meeting is primarily aimed at taking the opposition leaders into confidence on both issues ahead of the Parliament session which commences on July 17.
Opposition parties’ meet jointly held by EAM Sushma Swaraj & HM Rajnath Singh at the latter’s residence; NSA & Foreign Secy also present pic.twitter.com/WrWTB27LSA
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The standoff between India and China in the Doklam Plateau, adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, is now a month old, with no end to it yet in sight.
Sources said the government also wants to discuss in the meeting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has witnessed a spate of violence following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in July last year.
Militants attacked a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims, killing seven people and injuring 19 others in Jammu and Kashmir’s Khanabal area on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway on July 10 evening.
However, the opposition, which has been severely critical of the Narendra Modi government over deteriorating law and order situation in Kashmir, did not appear keen to discuss the Kashmir issue outside Parliament.
(With IANS inputs)