Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will speak to Parliament on the border line between India and China today, showing Parliament’s list of deals for the day. The Minister’s address is expected to take place around 15 – at the beginning of the procedure in Lok Sabha. The government has been under constant attack from Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, over the stand-off with China at the line of de facto control – the de facto border between the two countries.
The matter was raised on Sunday at Parliament’s meeting of the Executive Advisory Committee, which was to discuss and conclude the business agenda for the forthcoming session.
On the question of whether a declaration of stand-off will be made between India and China, Parliamentary Minister Pralhad Joshi had said taking into account “the sensitivity of the situation and the strategic points”, the government will take a decision. The leaders, he said, would be briefed at a meeting Tuesday.
The government came under pressure to make a statement following repeated violations by soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army at Pangong Lake and several other areas in Ladakh since April. The case escalated sharply in June, with 20 Indian soldiers killed on duty on June 15 – a first in more than four decades.
Twice over the past three weeks, Chinese troops had engaged in provocative actions on the southern shore of Pangong Tso, an ice-cold lake.
But India was able to “prevent these attempts to unilaterally change the status quo” at the LAC, the Foreign Ministry had said.
The last action on 31 August was a daytime operation in which Indian soldiers were surrounded by Chinese soldiers who were trying to regain the heights dominated by the Indian army.
Each time after the Chinese action, Rahul Gandhi has demanded that the government reveal the actual situation on the line of actual control and how it proposed to resolve it.
Days after the June 15 “violent face” in the Galwan Valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Ladakh to boost soldiers’ morale, triggering an attack by Congress.
At an all-party meeting, Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi delivered a scathing critique for being kept “in the dark even at this late stage.”