Introspect why India's relations with neighbours have nosedived: Opposition to NDA government

Robyn Ryan
July 16, 2017

The government briefed the leaders about the Chinese incursion as tension between the two Asian giants escalated in the past three weeks over the standoff at Doklam, located at a narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan. MEA Spokesperson on Thursday made it clear that India would continue using its diplomatic channels to defuse border standoff with China in Doklam area.

The TMC leader also said that the government did not provide answers the Opposition parties were looking for.

Sharad Pawar, also a former defence minister, said India could borrow a leaf from China and be patient in resolving the face-off without resorting to hasty actions. The opposition felt that his views and the all round condemnation of the attack had provided the stage for talks.

China, which does not have formal diplomatic ties with Bhutan, has denied claims that it has violated any treaties.

NDA ally Shiv Sena leader Anandrao Adsul said the government need to be more aggressive in dealing with China.

AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan, who represented the party at the meeting, said the response of government was satisfactory.

"We said that on issues of national security and integrity of the country, we are with the government", Trinamool leader Derek O'Brien said.

CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the government conveyed about the efforts being carried out to resolve the dispute with China. Randeep Surjewala, the AICC media-in-charge said that the Congress party will "cooperate" with the government on issues relating to national security.

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occurred because the bus was not registered with authorities and drove through the area long after security forces had withdrawn.

He also strongly rejected allegations by Pakistan that India was using chemical weapons in Kashmir, saying India is against the use of chemical weapon anywhere by anyone in any situation.

While there was just informal conversation on a range of issues between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Hamburg during BRICS meeting, there was no headway on the stalemate in Doklam.

"We stand united when it comes to India's national interests", Sharma said. They have not taken the opposition into confidence on the issue. While the opposition leaders supported India's stand, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury asked the government to "introspect" whether its policies on the Dalai Lama and military exercises with the U.S. and Japan had contributed to the tensions.

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.

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