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Published On: Mon, Sep 14th, 2020

Rajnath Singh likely to address Parliament over Ladakh standoff on Tuesday

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RajnathNEW DELHI : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to address parliament on the India-China border row tomorrow. While the timing of the address is yet to be confirmed, this will be the Government’s first official statement over the ongoing India-China military standoff along the LAC in eastern Ladakh, India Today reported.
Earlier, several opposition MPs have given notices in Parliament seeking a discussion on the India-China standoff at the LAC. They said the opposition leaders are expected to raise this issue during the meeting of floor leaders of both houses of Parliament called by presiding officers.
According to sources in the govt. The Modi government has been under consistent attack from the Congress, spearheaded by Rahul Gandhi, over the stand-off with China at the Line of Actual Control — the de facto border between the two countries.
The matter was raised yesterday at the parliament’s Business Advisory Committee meeting, meant to discuss and slot agenda for business for the coming session.
Asked whether a statement will be made on the India-China stand-off, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi had said keeping in mind the “sensitivities of the situation, and the strategic points”, the government will take a decision. The leaders, he had said, would be briefed at a meeting on Tuesday.

The government came under pressure to give a statement following the repeated transgressions by soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army at Pangong Lake and several other areas in Ladakh since April.
The matter sharply escalated in June, with 20 Indian soldiers being killed in the line of duty on June 15 — a first in more than four decades. Twice over the last three weeks, Chinese troops had engaged in provocative action in the south bank Pangong Tso, a glacial lake.But India was able to “prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo” at the LAC, the Foreign Ministry had said.
The last action on August 31 was a daytime operation during which Indian soldiers were surrounded by Chinese soldiers, who were trying to regain the heights that are being dominated by the Indian Army.
Every time after the Chinese action, Rahul Gandhi has demanded that the government reveal the actual situation at the Line of Actual Control and how it proposed to resolve it.

Days after the June 15 “violent face-off” at Galwan Valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Ladakh to boost morale of the soldiers, triggering an attack from the Congress. At an all-party meeting, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi delivered a sharp critique on being kept “in the dark even at this late stage”.
The Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been locked in a tense standoff in multiple areas along the LAC in eastern Ladakh since early May. Shots were fired across the LAC on Monday for the first time in 45 years with the two sides accusing each other of firing in the air.
(With Agency Inputs ).

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