New Delhi: New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an all-party meeting amid India-China border tensions on Friday. The virtual meeting will take place at 5 pm on Friday. The focus of the meeting will be centred around the Indo-China border tensions which seem to have escalated after violent clashes at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15.Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel-rank officer, were martyred in the violent face-off with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley area of Ladakh on June 15.
The Prime Minister’s office has said that presidents of various political parties can take part in the meeting that will be held via video-conferencing due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Among those who are likely to attend are Congress’ interim President Sonia Gandhi, Maharashtra Chief Minister representing Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal CM and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee, DMK Chief MK Stalin, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Ändhra Pradesh CM, representing YSCRCP, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav, CPI Leader D Raja, CP(M) Leader Sitaram Yechury, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Sukhbir Badal, Chirag Paswan representing Lok Janshakti Party, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren representing Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), BJD leader Pinaki Mishra.
On Friday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dialled presidents and heads of all political parties to brief them about the intent of the meet.
The Prime Minister is likely to apprise the opposition leaders of the reasons for the ongoing tension along the India-China border during the meeting. The PM is also expected to inform them about the steps being taken by the Government to resolve the situation.
The Prime Minister has been part of numerous meetings since news of the most significant India-China flashpoint for at least 5 decades occurred in Eastern Ladakh, with Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, the CDS, the three Armed Forces Chiefs and EAM Jaishankar also being involved.
There were casualties on the Chinese side as well, though China has censured their numbers. US intelligence exposes Chinese censorship by stating that 35 Chinese soldiers were killed.