The 18-day Parliament Monsoon session is being held amid strict social distancing protocols. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed parliament on the India-China border row today. Defence Minister Rajanth Singh, speaking in Lok Sabha, on India-China border issue said, “China has mobilised a huge number of Army battalions and armaments along LAC and inner areas. There’re many friction points in eastern Ladakh, Gogra, Kongka La, Pangong Lake’s north and south banks. Indian Army has made counter deployments in these areas. I want to assure you that we are ready to deal with any situation.”.

Rajnath Singh told the Lower House of Parliament: “I met my Chinese counterpart in Moscow recently, and put forward our concerns, but made it absolutely clear that India is very serious about issues of sovereignty. A few days later, (external affairs minister) S Jaishakar met his counterpart in Moscow and told him that if China respects the agreements signed and removes their buildup, then peace can return to the boundary between the two nations. However, I want to inform this House and through it the entire nation, that we are prepared for all outcomes to ensure India’s sovereignty is maintained.”

Speaking about the India China border clash, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said, “India and China border issue remains unresolved. Till now, there has been no mutually acceptable solution. China disagrees on the border.”

Congress MPs stage walkout from Lok Sabha demanding discussion on India-China border issue.Congress MPs protesting in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue after they walked out of Lok Sabha. Congress MPs demanded a discussion on India-China border issue after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s address.

Gaurav Gogoi, Dy Leader of Congress in LS said, “Our leader AR Chowdhury wanted to send a message of solidarity with our troops & to send a stern warning to China that they should not test our patience. Unfortunately, the govt feels as if only they can speak in support of the army.”

Congress MP Tharoor said, “For instance: since the Defence Minister excoriated China for transgressing the LAC, could the Govt explain why the Prime Minister had issued an extraordinary statement claiming that China had not entered our territory? Presumably the Government has changed the PM’s stand?”

“Another question: since the Defence Minister says that both countries have now agreed in talks to respect theLAC, but separately says the two countries have differing perceptions of where LAC lies,isn‘t that a recipe for another clash? Shouldn’t we just insist on status quo ante?” he added.




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