NEW DELHI: An all-party meeting called by Prime Minister
to discuss the situation along the India-China border took place on Friday.
The virtual meeting comes within days of after the death of 20 India Army personnel, including a colonel, in a violent clash with Chinese troops in Galwan valley in Ladakh.
Presidents of various political parties, including the BJP, Congress, TMC, AIADMK, DMK, TRS, JD(U), BJD, LJP, BSP, SP, Shiv Sena and NCP among others, are taking part in this virtual meeting.
Here is a look at who said what at the party —
Sonia Gandhi, Congress
The all-party meeting should have happened much earlier. Even at this late stage, we are in the dark. Congress has specific questions...
On what date did the Chinese troops intrude? When did the government find out about the transgressions? Does the government not get satellite pictures? Did the intelligence not report about the unusual activity?
The nation needs assurance that the status quo ante is restored. What is the current status of Mountain Strike Corps? The opposition parties should be briefed regularly.
Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister
China is not a democracy. They are a dictatorship. They can do what they feel. We, on the other hand, have to work together. India will win, China will lose. Speak with unity. Think with unity. Work with unity. We are completely with the government.
Don’t let China enter telecom, railway and aviation sectors. We will face some problems but we won’t allow the Chinese to enter.
Sharad Pawar, NCP chief
The issues of whether soldiers carried arms or not are decided by international agreements and we need to respect such sensitive matters.
MK Stalin, DMK
We are united when it comes to patriotism.
D Raja, CPI
We need to resist the US efforts to drag us into their alliance.
Conrad Sangma, NPP
Infrastructure work along the border should not be stopped. China sponsored activities in Myanmar and Bangladesh is a worrying factor. The PM has been working on North East infra and it must go on.
Prem Singh Tamang, Sikkim chief minister
We have full faith in the PM. In the past too, when it comes to national security, the PM has taken landmark decisions.
Pinaki Misra, BJD
We stand with the Government fully and unconditionally.