Eyeing monsoon session of Parliament Rajnath, Sushma to brief opposition on China stand-off, J&K

Eyeing monsoon session of Parliament Rajnath, Sushma to brief opposition on China stand-off, J&K


New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will brief leaders of opposition parties on the stand-off with China and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir today. The move is to ensure smooth transactions of Parliamentary proceedings during the monsoon session beginning next week as the ruling dispensation is keen to take Opposition parties into confidence especially on controversial and sensitive issues. Leaders of prominent opposition parties have been invited for the meeting where the two senior ministers will give a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation along the Sino-Indian border, including the standoff in Sikkim sector and on the overall law and order situation and socio-political conditions of Jammu and Kashmir. China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road. In Jammu and Kashmir, in renewed violence seven pilgrims were killed by terrorists in Anantnag district sparking off sharp criticism of the government's policies. MEA spokesman Gopal Baglay had yesterday confirmed about the all-party meeting to be presided over by Mr Rajnath and said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will attend the same. 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. "Govt of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are completely mishandling Kashmir. They are creating a problem by their incompetence and by using Kashmir as a political asset," Mr Rahul Gandhi has said. 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. The government and the opposition side failed to arrive at a consensus on selecting candidate for presidential elections while for vice president's post, the united opposition parties have decided to field former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi. The function at central hall of parliament on June 30-July 1 night to roll out GST - the country's biggest tax reform since Independence - was also boycotted by the Congress, Trinamool Congress and Left parties.

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