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All-party meeting on India-China border clash: No Chinese intrusion into Indian territory, clarifies PM Modi

The TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee called for a boycott of Chinese firms across all sectors saying that China was not a democracy but a dictatorship. 

Jun 20, 2020 14:16 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an all-party meeting today on the India-China border situation, which was attended by Presidents of main political parties including INC Chief Sonia Gandhi, TMC leader Mamata Banerjee, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena Chief and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. 

Other political leaders participating in the meeting include Telangana Chief Minister and TRS Chief K Chandrashekar Rao, Bihar Chief Minister and JDU Chief Nitish Kumar, Andhra Pradesh CM and YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy , Akali Dal's Sukhbir Singh Badal and BJD's Pinaki Misra.

Union Ministers including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and BJP chief JP Nadda are also participating in the meeting. 

Opposition Leaders' Statement

The INC Chief Sonia Gandhi questioned the government's handling of the intrusion by Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh saying that it lost time and failed to use all avenues that resulted in the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers during the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops at Galwan valley in Ladakh on June 15. 

Gandhi also questioned whether the failure to immediately respond to the Chinese transgressions into the Indian territory was a result of intelligence failure. She further urged the centre for an assurance that status quo ante would be restored in Ladakh and that China will revert back to the original position on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). 

TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the other hand stated that her party was standing in strong solidarity with the centre against China. The TMC Chief unsparing in her words called for a boycott of Chinese firms across all sectors saying that China was not a democracy but a dictatorship. 

Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray stated that India wants peace but doesn't mean we are weak. He emphasised that China's nature is betrayal and India is 'Mazboot' not 'Majboor'. He further expressed solidarity with the Prime Minister in the China issue.  Akali Dal's Sukhbir Singh Badal, BJD's Pinaki Misra and YSR Congress Party Chief Jaganmohan Reddy also expressed solidarity with the Prime Minister and the centre.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's statement

The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated during the all-party meeting on India-China border issue that there was no intelligence failure.

PM Modi at all-party meeting 

The Prime Minister stated during the all-party meeting that India possesses the capability that no one can eye even one inch of our land. He reiterated that the Indian Armed forces have the capability to move into multiple sectors at one go.

PM Modi said that whether it is  deployment, action or counter-action on land,  air or sea, whatever our armed forces have to do to protect our country they will do.

Speaking on Chinese intrusion, the Prime Minister clarified that neither have they intruded into Indian territory nor have they taken over any post. He further emphasised that 20 Jawans martyred but those who dared Bharat Mata, they were taught a lesson.

PM Modi further stated that India's security forces are fully capable of protecting our borders. He stated that the government has given their armed forces full freedom for taking any appropriate action necessary. He reiterated that India wants peace and friendship, but upholding sovereignty is foremost.

Background

Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened an all-party meeting today to discuss the situation along the India-China border following the recent face-off at Galwan valley in Ladakh, in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives. The all-party meeting comes amid demands from several opposition leaders who are seeking details of the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Galwan.

The Presidents of 20 political parties have been invited to attend the meeting. Besides them, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda are also present along with the Prime Minister at the virtual meeting. The Defence Ministry reportedly personally called all party leaders and invited them for the meet on behalf of the Prime Minister. 

Twenty Indian soldiers martyred during an alleged premeditated attack by the Chinese troops on the night of June 15. China also suffered casualties. The violent face-off came as India and China were holding de-escalation talks to resolve the tense stand-off along the border in Eastern Ladakh.

Criteria for Invite

The criteria to be invited for the all-party meeting included all recognised national parties, those with over 5 MPs in the Lok Sabha, leading parties from the northeast and parties with Union Cabinet Ministers. 

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