Political parties back govt's stand on Doklam situation

  • Political parties back govt's stand on Doklam situation

Political parties back govt's stand on Doklam situation

Opposition leaders were on Friday briefed by the government on the stand-off with China and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

It is better China should say yes to diplomatic measures to diffuse the existing eye-ball to eye-ball situation at Doklam instead of bullying India of war mongering.

Former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who represented the Samajwadi Party at the meeting, said the government needs to be careful about dealing with China.

INDIAN response to an offer by China to mediate between New Delhi and Islamabad to reduce tension between the two neighbors has exposed the hollowness of claims by India that it believes in peaceful co-existence and dialogue to sort out problems and issues.

India should understand its future lies in Asia and not as an ally of the United States, stated Chinese newspaper Global Times in a recent op-ed.

"Prime Minister Modi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues", Mr Baglay said when asked about the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman's remarks that there was no bilateral meeting between the two leaders. Randeep Surjewala, the AICC media-in-charge said that the Congress party will "cooperate" with the government on issues relating to national security. Singh said that the channel for talks still remained open.

Earlier in the day, Swaraj, Rajnath, Jaitley and Doval met ahead of the discussion with the Opposition parties, agency reports said.

YSR Congress MP Rajamohan Reddy told reporters after the meeting that the government side assured the leaders that the military row with China "will be resolved peacefully and diplomatically".

Referring to China, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said national interest was paramount, but the government needs to engage China in negotiations.

Sources said the opposition was informed about the ground situation in Dokalam area and what the government meant to do to de-escalate the border tension.

Asked after the briefing whether the Congress was satisfied, Sharma told The Indian Express, "We were informed".

At the same time, he said concerns have been registered, particularly to de-escalate the situation and tension so that peace and tranquility are maintained, per the bilateral agreements, and for which diplomatic efforts must continue. "Everybody promised to support government", said Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. However, Yechury suggested that New Delhi was "irritating" China through its recent moves to "appease" the US. Bhutan co-operates closely with India in determining its foreign policy, and the Indian Army is involved in the training of its armed forces.

India is estimated to have produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium; however, not all the material has been converted into nuclear warheads, the experts said.