External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj have called for an all-party meeting on Friday (today) over the ongoing tension between India and China at the Sikkim border tri-junction area, as an effort to bring all parties on board regarding the critical border issue.
Indian and Chinese militaries are under heavy alert and tension at the Sikkim border over the issue of construction of a road at Doklam area, at the tri-junction border of India, China and Bhutan. Recently China accused India of camping its military inside Chinese territory and stated that the only way to resolve the border tension is by withdrawing the Indian army troops from its territory. It has been 26 days since the tension began after Indian troops stopped Chinese army’s road construction party from building roads, in the area which China claims to be its territory.
The all-party meeting which will be hosted at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence is intended to get the Opposition parties on-board and brief them about the tensed situation at Sikkim border. Invitation of this meeting was sent out by External Affairs Ministry and this meeting comes just three days ahead of Monsoon Session of Parliament which will start from 17th July. All parties including the Congress, Left, Janata Dal (United) and Trinamool Congress have been invited.
Although the agenda of meeting has not been officially revealed, all political leaders will talk about the Sikkim tension as well as about the escalating tension in Kashmir after the Amarnath bus attack incident, demonetisation and GST which are the major national concerns.