Govt to field Rajnath, Sushma to build consensus with Opposition on J&K, China

Govt to field Rajnath, Sushma to build consensus with Opposition on J&K, China

New Delhi: In order to ensure smooth transactions of Parliamentary proceedings during the monsoon session beginning next week, the government is keen to take Opposition parties into confidence especially on controversial and sensitive issues. Keeping this in mind, the government has proposed a meeting of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the vexed situation in Jammu and Kashmir and border stand off with China, BJP sources said here. Formal requests have been sent to the Opposition leaders, sources said even as Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar will be holding a separate all-party meeting on July 16, Sunday. The armies of China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction in Sikkim sector after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road. The government side said it is interested to "build a consensus" with Opposition parties in charting out the road map to handle both China and terror-related situations in Jammu and Kashmir. So far there is no confirmation from any of the opposition parties about their decision to attend the meeting. Trinamool Congress has, however, decided to stay away from the July 16 meeting of Parliamentary Affairs Minister although they would attend the meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday itself. The Opposition parties, including the Congress and Left parties have been very critical of Narendra Modi government's policies in Jammu and Kashmir. In fact, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi yesterday alleged that to garner "short-term political gain" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the alliance between the BJP and the PDP has cost the country massively. He also said the Prime Minister's policies have created space for terrorists in the state. Mr Gandhi also had met Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui last week. The BJP's relation with Trinamool Congress also worsened lately with leaders from each sides lambasting each other for renewed violence in West Bengal.

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