New Delhi: Two senior ministers on Saturday briefed opposition parties about the standoff along the Sino-Indian border and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, at a meeting where opposition leaders urged the government to calm the tension with China.
Leaders of 11 political parties, including JD-S leader and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, and CPI’s D Raja, were briefed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, and Home Secretary-designate Rajiv Gauba, on the two issues.
On Friday, Swaraj, Jaitely and Home Minister Rajnath Singh had briefed leaders of 14 opposition parties.
“Those who were absent in yesterday’s meeting were invited for today’s meeting,” an official spokesperson said.
Representatives of JD-S, CPI, RSP, JMM, Sikkim Democratic Front, partner of ruling NDA Akali Dal, besides others, were present in the meeting.
The Congress, TMC, CPI-M, JD-U, DMK, BSP, NCP and others had attended yesterday’s meeting.
CPI national secretary Raja told PTI, “The government said there is no tension and it is negotiating. I also said the standoff should be brought to an end as early as possible through the already existing mechanism.”
“The government gave details about the attack on Amarnath pilgrims. We did not discuss the Kashmir issue as a whole, but only the Amarnath attack issue,” he said.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area for the past three weeks after a Chinese military construction party attempted to build a road.
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.