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India-China border row: Opposition backs Centre’s stand, insists on raising the issue in Parliament

New Delhi: The issue with China and the growing unrest in Kashmir will be raised in the Parliament session beginning next week by opposition parties, who were on Friday briefed by the government about the situation on both the fronts.

Emerging from the meeting, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma told reporters that their party has raised some doubts before the government but made it clear that "nation is first - be it China or Kashmir".

"There is too much of tension and that should be lowered through diplomacy. We will also raise the issue in Parliament," both the leaders said.

Sharma said that the Congress made its view clear that national security was the priority and advised the government to rise above politics and tackle the situation diplomatically.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury asked the government to reflect and introspect why "suddenly" India's neighbourly ties in the region have "deteriorated".

The Marxist leader sought to know why the intelligence inputs available before the attack on Amarnath pilgrims "was not used" and how the bus carrying pilgrims was allowed to go off on its own, as he demanded accountability for the "lapse" be enforced immediately.

Yechury reiterated the Opposition's position that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has "worsened" in the past three years and asked the government to correct its "faulty" approach.

He also accused the government of going back on its promises made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the rest
if India that "it shall implement confidence-building measures and start the political process with all stakeholders".

"The government must answer", he stressed.

The Rajya Sabha member also said that the "growing" instances of lynchings and attacks on minorities and Dalits are also adding to the view that the deteriorating internal security environment in the country is a "matter of grave concern".

Published Date: Jul 15, 2017 08:51 AM | Updated Date: Jul 15, 2017 08:59 AM

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