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China intruded territory in Doklam, says Centre; Oppn promises support

15 July 2017

All the Opposition parties, including the Congress, TMC and CPM, assured the government of their unequivocal support on the ongoing standoff with China at Doka La, close to the Indian border, at a marathon all-party meeting on Friday.

The government on Friday told opposition leaders that China is constructing roads near the global border hampering the country's strategic interests and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will put forward New Delhi's position before his Chinese counterparts later this month, officials said.

Sources said the ministers will give the leaders a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation along the Sino-Indian border and Jammu and Kashmir and the government action. "We shall also ask the government to clarify all implications for our national security and the necessary steps being taken in protecting our national interests and also steps to be taken", Surjewala had told reporters.

To a question, he said the Congress hoped that the government would brief the opposition also on the Amarnath attack.

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Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said during the meeting they underlined the importance of India and China to remain engaged through diplomacy.

"National security is priority of INC, advised them to tackle situation diplomatically, rising above politics for national interest", said Congress leader Anand Sharma. The opposition hailed Singh for his views on Kashmiriyat which he made following the Amarnath yatra attack.

Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ramvilas Paswan said: "All parties were agreed that there cannot be compromise on issue of national interest".

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien said his party raised "some serious questions" and claimed that government had no answer to his question on preparedeness for such incidents.

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"Everybody promised support to the government", he said. So, we had to ask some hard questions.

He alleged that the present situation in Kashmir was the result of the "immaturity and failure" of the PDP-BJP government in the state and the Centre.

Sources said the government also wanted to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has witnessed a spate of violence following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July, 2016.

The top ministers told the opposition leaders that Doval will be visiting China on July 26-27 and will put forward before Chinese interlocutors India's position, they said.

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