, Trinamul Congress and Shiv Sena, all opposition parties, said on Wednesday they would support the BJP-led central government in any decision it took in the national interest regarding the face-off and violence on the LAC with China.
said she was confident the government would take the right step at the right time and appealed to people to “forget the government’s shortcomings and unite at this delicate time”. Terming the killing of 20 Indian soldiers as “extremely unfortunate”, Mayawati said: “The provocation has come at a time when the government is making efforts to resolve border disputes between the two countries.”
, CM and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee welcomed the Centre’s decision to call an all-party meeting on Friday to discuss the India-China situation. “We stand by the country and our armed forces in this hour of crisis and completely support the decision to call an all-party meeting. Technically, it is the correct decision,” Mamata said.
SP chief and former UP CM Akhilesh Singh said the government should not only give a “strategic” reply to China but also an “economic” one. “SP would support the government on any decision in the nation’s interest,” he said.
The Shiv Sena, in government in Maharashtra, said the party stands firmly behind the Modi government but, at the same time, it expects PM Modi to retaliate against China. Sena leader and MP
said teaching China a lesson is the responsibility of the PM, defence minister
and home minister
, and not that of former PMs
, Indira Gandhi or Congress’ Rahul Gandhi.