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Ladakh Clash: PM Modi's All-Party Meet Excludes AAP and RJD
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dialed all party presidents last evening to invite them to the meeting.
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New Delhi: In an all-party meeting PM Modi is discussing the India-China clash at Ladakh.The prominent parties Aam Aadmi Party and Lalu Yadav's RJD were exclusions.
To invited them to meet Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dialed all party presidents last evening to invite them.
The RJD's Tejashwi Yadav questioned in a Tweet why his party was not invited.
Dear @DefenceMinIndia @PMOIndia, Just wish to know the criteria for inviting political parties for tomorrow's #AllPartyMeet on #GalwanValley. I mean the grounds of inclusion/exclusion. Because our party @RJDforIndia hasn't received any message so far.— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) June 18, 2020
The sources on the AAP and the RJD being kept out said only parties with at least five members in parliament have been invited. Arvind Kejriwal's party has four MPs.
Meanwhile, an upset AAP leader Sanjay Singh tweeted in Hindi: "There is a strange ego-driven government at the centre. AAP has a government in Delhi and is the main opposition in Punjab. But on a vital subject, AAP's views are not needed? The country is waiting for what the Prime Minister will say at the meeting."
Whereas the RJD has five and should have made it to the list, party leader Manoj Kumar Jha pointed out on Twitter. An all-party meet should mean that all of us should be allowed to put forward our views".
The opposition and the Congress have been questioning the government om the deadly face-off with China in the Galwan Valley are in the eastern Ladakh on Monday, in which 20 soldiers were killed. There were heavy casualties also on the Chinese side in the biggest military escalation between the neighbors in nearly five decades.
Some 76 soldiers were injured as the Chinese assaulted them with hand-made weapons like spiked clubs, rods wrapped in barbed wire and rocks.
The Congress leader Rahul Gandhi yesterday commented on Twitter that Indian soldiers were sent ".unarmed to martyrdom" in the clash, which provoked a rebuttal from Foreign Minister.
"How dare China kill our UNARMED soldiers? Why were our soldiers sent UNARMED to martyrdom," Rahul Gandhi had tweeted
The Foreign Minister responded: "Let us get the facts straight. All troops on border duty always carry arms, especially when leaving the post. Those at Galwan on 15 June did so. Long-standing practice (as per 1996 & 2005 agreements) not to use firearms during faceoffs."
Others expected to attend the meeting are Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray, NCP's Sharad Pawar, Jagan Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress, Nitish Kumar of JD-U, DMK's MK Stalin, Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party and CPM's Sitaram Yechury