Rajnath Singh to address Parliament on India-China border standoff

Ladakh, July 17 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inspects a Pika machine gun, at Stakna in Leh on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Amid the ongoing border standoff with China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to apprise the Lok Sabha on “Developments on our borders in Ladakh” on Tuesday.

According to the list of business of Lok Sabha, the Defence Minister will deliver the statement on Tuesday. His address is expected to take place around 3 pm – at the beginning of the proceedings in the Lok Sabha.

Centre has been under consistent attack from the Congress, spearheaded by Rahul Gandhi, over the stand-off with China at the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.

Centre came under pressure to make a statement following the repeated transgressions by China’s People’s Liberation Army troops at Pangong Lake and other key areas in Ladakh since April.

Tension between the two countries peaked after the violent Galwan Valley skirmish on the intervening night of June 14-15 in which 20 brave Indian soldiers, led by Col Santosh Babu, were martyred.

At least on two occasions over the last three weeks, Chinese troops had engaged in provocative action in the south bank of strategic Pangong Tso.

India recently outflanked China by taking control of strategic heights near Pangong Lake’s southern bank. It thwarted an attempt by the Chinese soldiers to transgress into Indian areas near the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh.

Chinese PLA troops have been trying to transgress into multiple areas including the Finger area, Galwan Valley, Hot springs and Kongrung Nala.

Incidentally, Rajnath Singh had met his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Moscow to deliberate on the border standoff. Multiple rounds of military and diplomatic level talks  have also been held since June to achieve complete disengagement.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar had also met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi less than a week ago in Moscow during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting to discuss the present current situation. Both countries later issued a joint statement spelling out a 5-point consensus arrived at to diffuse the border tension.

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