Government Hints Closed Door Meeting With Opposition Over India-China Border Issue

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A day after the Defence Minister of India’s address on the ongoing India-China issue, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is likely to conduct a closed door meeting with the opposition parties.

On the 15th of September, Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister of India, during the Monsoon Parliament session addressed the Members of Parliament (MPs) over the India-China border clash.

In regard to this, the NDA Government dropped hints for a closed door meeting on the India-China border situation.

The meeting is likely to be held after public discussion on the sensitive issue during the Parliament session.

However, a final decision on any such meeting with the opposition is yet to be taken.

The decision to propose for the meeting was taken after opposition’s accusation regarding the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC.)

A senior leader of a non NDA party, who wished to be anonymous, spoke about the proposal and said, “A senior minister had called me to say that the government is thinking of a briefing meeting for floor leaders of different parties on the Indo-China situation if they agree. The proposal is at a nascent stage and needs further discussion.”

Another opposition leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Indian National Congress) questioned the purpose of the meeting and said, “If newspapers can discuss, public can discuss and everyone else can discuss, then why can’t Indian Parliament discuss such a situation?”

The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh issued a statement over the India-China border row, refusing to hold any debate and clarification. Responding to this, angry INC leaders, including Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Shashi Tharoor, staged a protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex.

While INC leaders staged a protest, demanding a discussion over the India-China matter in the Parliament, other party leaders like Biju Janata Dal’s Pinaki Mishra and Trinamool Congress’s Kalyan Banerjee supported the Central Government.

Kalyan Banerjee of the TMC said, they wanted to hear what the Central Government Minister had to say before taking a decision.

The final decision and details about the closed door meeting is yet to be taken.

Stay tuned for further updates.


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