Oppn urged Centre to resolve Doklam issue diplomatically: MEA

Posted July 16, 2017

Leaders from the opposition parties were invited for the briefing by the government.

He said the Chinese maneuvers by trying to construct roads in Doklam region is not only a violation of the 1998 Bhutan-China bilateral agreement for maintaining peace on the border, but also a veiled threat to cut off the national capital from the gateway for import of food and other materials from India. "The Modi government will undergo elections in 2019...(for) Indian leaders the China card is the most convenient tool to whip up the public and provide cannon fodder to India's unbridled media".

The Home Minister will also provide details to the opposition about Monday night's deadly terror attack on pilgrims on the Amarnath Yatra in which seven people were killed, along with information on the security conditions in Jammu and Kashmir, where two soldiers were killed yesterday in firing from Pakistan. Anand Sharma of the Congress said, "National security is the priority of the Congress and we advised them to tackle the situation diplomatically, rising above politics for national interest".

While all parties asked the Government to find a diplomatic solution, sources said that Mulayam, a former defence minister, wanted India to "teach a lesson" to China so that situations, such as the current stand-off in Doklam, would not arise in future.

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Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien said his party raised "some serious questions" and claimed that government had no answer to his question on preparedeness for such incidents. Qian's statement comes after Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visited the region and said that India was ready to deal with China, Pakistan and internal security issues.

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. Today India is led by the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while Pakistan's rulers seek to advance their own mercenary interests by using Islamist organizations to channel the opposition to the Indian state in a reactionary, communalist direction.

According to the Indian Embassy, the government of India has committed to support Bhutan's 11th Five Year Plan (July 2013 to June 2018) to the tune of Rs 4,500 crore.

The ministers insisted the attack was not the result of a security lapse but occurred because the bus was not registered with authorities and drove through the area long after security forces had withdrawn.

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Geng took issue with Jaishankar's description of the border standoff as a "difference", saying that it is an outright "dispute". However, Yechury suggested that New Delhi was "irritating" China through its recent moves to "appease" the US.

India, however, is adamant; it and the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, which does not even have diplomatic relations with China, will not permit Beijing to gain the upper hand in the Doklam.

Congress's Sharma said that the standoff should not be allowed to affect the "settled part" of the Sikkim sector and expressed concern that India "may be running the risk of unravelling that".

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