Parliament heads into a stormy sitting today as the opposition prepares to lift the latest clash between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh.
The December 9 confrontation resulted in “minor injuries to a few personnel on both sides” and both sides “immediately disengaged from the area,” according to an army statement.
Shortly after the news broke, Congress hit out at the center yesterday, saying the government needed to give the nation confidence by discussing the issue in parliament. The Trinamool Congress has submitted a notice to Rajya Sabha, seeking discussion on the matter.
Government sources said the center “has never shied away from any discussion and is prepared with facts.” The sources said a call will be taken on whether Defense Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to make a statement on the floor of the House.
Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Syed Nasir Hussain have called for a discussion on the border clash at Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, respectively. AAP MP Raghav Chadha and Manoj Jha of the RJD also requested a discussion on the border clash in Rajya Sabha.
Asaduddin Owaisi, MP for Hyderabad and leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, moved a motion to adjourn in Lok Sabha. He accused the center of keeping the country in the dark and asked why Parliament had not been informed of the clash.
Congress yesterday launched a multipronged attack on the government over the issue. Party chairman Mallikarjun Kharge said, “We are one with the nation on national security issues and we would not like to politicize it. But the Modi government should be honest about Chinese transgressions and construction at all points near the LAC since April 2020.”
Congress communications chief Jairam Ramesh said the opposition party was trying to “wake up” the government over China’s actions, but the ruling BJP is silent to “protect its political image”. The party alleged that China’s boldness was fueled by the Narendra Modi government’s tendency to “suppress” the border issue.
Congress also tweeted a video of Prime Minister Modi’s speech delivered after the Galwan clash in which he said “no one occupied our land and no one entered India and none of our posts ‘occupy no one else’. “If China had been named, it wouldn’t have dared to look up at India,” he said.
Senior party leaders Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor and Randeep Singh Surjewala also denounced the government on the issue and called for a discussion in parliament.
Ties between India and China plunged following a fierce clash in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in 2020 that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. China has acknowledged that five Chinese officers and soldiers were killed, but it is widely believed that the death toll was higher.
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