Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an all-party meeting around the India-China border face-off on Friday. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed from the Monday night brawl and 19 others have already been injured.
“In order to talk about the situation from the India-China border areas, Prime Minister @narendramodi has called on an all-party meeting at 5 PM on 19th June. Presidents of several political parties would engage in this virtual meeting,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had tweeted on Wednesday.
News agency? ANI? reported that 20 parties will attend the virtual meeting where home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president JP? Nadda can also be present. The defence minister had personally called and invited all leaders for PM Modi on Thursday,? ANI? further reported.
Indian Army officials claimed 43 Chinese were killed or seriously injured in the incident on June 15.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday that this country has brought the incident in Galwan Valley very seriously.
“We all pay tributes for the martyred Army officers and soldiers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made clear India’s view over that which was accomplished by the neighbouring country China,” the PIB release quoted him as saying.
“India is taking this incident very seriously,” the senior BJP leader said. If provoked, pM Modi had said ahead of a meeting with the chief ministers on the Covid-19 situation that India is a peace-loving country but can give befitting reply.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend today’s meeting, news agency PTI quoted sources in the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Banerjee, the TMC chief, had on Wednesday said the Centre’s move to call the all-party meeting to discuss the problem was a right decision.
She had skipped the primary ministers’ meeting in the Covid-19 situation because West Bengal was not given time to speak throughout the video-conference.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh, meanwhile, claimed they have not been invited to Friday’s meeting. “A strange ego-ridden government is running within the Centre. The Aam Aadmi Party has a government in Delhi. This is the main Opposition party in Punjab. Still the BJP does not want AAP’s opinion on such an important matter, though there are four MPs all over the country. What will the prime minister say in the meeting, the main country is awaiting it,” Singh tweeted in Hindi on Thursday.
The Congress, meanwhile, continues to be attacking the us government over the incident in Ladakh. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi had earlier questioned regardless of if the Indian soldiers were brought to the site in the clash in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley “unarmed”. Foreign minister S? Jaishankar had hit back, saying the soldiers were carrying arms but did not open fire following protocols.
Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades which has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff involving the two neighbours.