BJP leaders said since Congress has been very vocal against the government, there was a need to discuss the issue with the main opposition and other parties. Modi had sought cooperation from states on Covid-19 and had similarly reached out to the opposition to get them on board. The opposition has alleged the government was laidback and was taken by surprise by China.
BJP reacted by slamming CWC member Rahul Gandhi for his tweet. “Rahul Gandhi’s conduct is painful. His tweets show his inexperience… you do not have the patience to wait for the all-party meeting called by the prime minister and you are tweeting without studying the matter,” BJP spokeman Sambit Patra said.
Patra wrongly claimed that the pact with China that armies would not carry weapons in a 2km range of LAC was signed during Congress rule in 1996. The agreement was signed on November 29, 1996, when the United Front government of Deve Gowda was in power. The UF government had the outside support of the Congress though.
While the government plans to apprise the opposition of certain details that cannot be discussed in public and seek support of all parties, past ties, India’s reach-out under Modi and the subsequent fallout may also come up for discussion. Defence minister Rajnath Singh formally invited leaders of major political parties for the meet late on Thursday. The government will provide a secured video conferencing platform for leaders who would attend from their respective residences or offices.
NDA partners have extended full support to the government. “We are completely with the government on the subject. We know that PM Modi is capable of giving a befitting reply to China,” LJP president Chirag Paswan told ET. His party will raise the demand for fair compensation and government jobs for family members of martyred soldiers. JDU is also backing the government. “Our stand on China was well described by our leader George Fernandes. We have always suspected China and our engagement should be very limited with this country,” JDU leader KC Tyagi said. Akali Dal will take the opportunity to criticise those raising questions. “This is a crisis where the entire country should be united. Unfortunately, the statements made by Congress leaders are very childish,” Naresh Gujral told ET. Apna Dal president Anupriya Patel was yet to receive a call when ET got in touch with her. “This is not the time to do politics for anyone and we are completely with the government,” Patel said.
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1 Comment on this Story
May 217 days ago
BJP and allies should take opposition parties concern, feedback positively in national security interest and try to avoid ego. After all it is ruling party.