Amid growing political tussle over the issue of India-China border dispute, the parliamentary standing committee on defence is likely see a face-off between the ruling party and opposition members with the latter planning to raise the issue at the next meeting of the panel.
While opposition leaders feel that the union government has been non-transparent about the issue, the latter is of the view that an official stand would be given in Parliament. Members of the opposition parties, primarily led by Congress, feel the union government has not even acknowledged the problem and should have come out with a detailed statement about the ongoing talks with China.
“There is no doubt that this is one of the most important issues that we will raise when the committee meets next. The union government has not been proactive in giving official stand on the issue. While there is no word on when the standing committee will meet next, we are going to raise the China border dispute issue, that is definite,” a senior opposition leader, who is part of the committee, said requesting anonymity.
This is is an interesting political development given that former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, one of the most vocal critics of the government over the issue, is a member of the standing committee of defence. Claiming that China has occupied territory in Ladakh, Gandhi has been demanding that the government should inform people about India’s official position.
The political tussle over the situation can be gauged from the fact that senior union ministers like Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Ravi Shankar Prasad have defended the government and responded to attacks by opposition parties which include not just the Congress but also Trinamool Congress (TMC), and Shiv Sena.