New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The government and the opposition are at loggerheads on tensions with China on the LAC as the opposition wants a discussion on the issue after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in both houses of Parliament.
The Congress has upped the ante and alleged that the government is involved in doublespeak on the issue.
While cracks have appeared in the opposition with BSP openly supporting the government on the issue, the Samajwadi Party cautioned the government as party chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “BJP should not make the same mistake as Congress had made in 1962.”
Congress’ Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that “the party is with the government on the issue of China and with the Indian Army but China should move to its positions prior to April and there should be no compromise on status quo ante.”
BJD MP Prasanna Acharya and Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena cautioned the government on entering into any agreement with China over the present situation while former Defence Minister A.K. Antony said that status quo ante should be restored and this means “sovereignty”.
The Defence Minister stated in the Rajya Sabha that “the spirits of our soldiers are high. They are capable of serving at forbidding altitudes with scarce oxygen and in extremely cold temperatures, something that they have effortlessly done over the last many years on Siachen and Kargil,” he said.
The minister informed the House about the ongoing border tension. Since April, India had noticed a build up of troops and armaments by the Chinese side in the border areas adjacent to eastern Ladakh.