Govt holds briefing for opposition leaders on Indo-China standoff, Kashmir

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Home minister Rajnath Singh accompanied by his senior Cabinet colleagues external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Arun Jaitley gave a detailed briefing to senior Opposition leaders on both issues. The government wants to build consensus on the two sensitive issues and wants to project a united front, specially on key security matters during the monsoon session, which starts on Monday.

The briefing is now underway at Rajnath Singh's residence.

The Opposition is also likely to corner the government on raids by investigating agencies on leaders of Opposition parties, like Trinamool leaders and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members.

Anand Sharma, Congress: National security is the top priority of INC, advised them to tackle situation diplomatically and rise above the politics of national interest.

China may have anticipated that Bhutan would not be able to retaliate through force, and believed that construction of the road would be completed within weeks, opines vice-president of European Parliament.

"There was widespread appreciation of the understanding between India and China that differences between them shouldn't become disputes", foreign ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

Referring to China, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said national interest was paramount, but the government needs to engage China in negotiations.

INDIAN response to an offer by China to mediate between New Delhi and Islamabad to reduce tension between the two neighbors has exposed the hollowness of claims by India that it believes in peaceful co-existence and dialogue to sort out problems and issues.

Singh had hosted a meeting with the opposition leaders on Friday.

According to The Diplomat, many analysts believe that India played a crucial role in Bhutan's 2013 elections, using its economic clout to sway election results and change people's view of the ruling party.

He also raised the issue of the overall internal security situation in the country in the wake of rising incidents of lynchings and vigilantism.

Opposition leaders were also briefed about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the government action in the wake of killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims by terrorists last Monday. The meeting is primarily aimed at taking the opposition leaders into confidence over the major national issues. "Everybody promised support to the government", he said.

The stand-off between India and China is a outcome of the latter trying to disturb the status-quo at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam.

Congress's Sharma said that the standoff should not be allowed to affect the "settled part" of the Sikkim sector and expressed concern that India "may be running the risk of unravelling that".

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