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Death of Indian army men ‘shocking’: Cong

NEW DELHI/ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/ BENGALURU, JUN 16 (IANS) | Publish Date: 6/16/2020 1:20:12 PM IST

The Congress on Tuesday termed as shocking and unacceptable the death of Indian Army in a violent face-off with Chinese troops and said the development is a matter of serious national concern.

While asking Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to confirm the incident, the party also demanded that the government take the nation into confidence and convene a meeting to brief the leadership of political parties about the ground situation. “It is a matter of serious national concern as it has grave implications for national security,” Congress senior spokesperson and party’s deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said. 

“As we have been requesting, the government should urgently take the nation into confidence. We demand that the government immediately convene a meeting and brief the leadership of political parties about the ground situation,” he said. “Shocking, Unbelievable and Unacceptable! Will the Raksha Mantri confirm,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter. 

Sharma, a former union minister, alleged that there  has been no transparency on the part of the government on the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops. He said the inviolability of the LAC and India’s territorial integrity is non-negotiable.

The Army said India lost an officer and two soldiers during the violent face-off in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, while there were casualties on the Chinese side as well.

The extent of casualties on the Chinese side was, however, not immediately clear.

A large number of Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation in Galwan Valley for the last five weeks. 

Tell the nation more on India-China stand-off: Antony to PM

 Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to tell the nation on the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh and said “there is more to it than India building a road”.

“The Prime Minister and the Defence Minister should say more on what has happened as there is more to it than India building a road and China has other motives. There are limitations to what I can say more, as I am a former Defence Minister. Let them say it,” remarked the senior Congress leader, who has been the longest-serving Defence Minister in the country.

“I am also eagerly waiting to hear what the Centre has to say. For the past few weeks, in certain sensitive areas in Ladakh, the Chinese forces have advanced and are stationed there now. The two countries should settle this amicably,” Antony added. 

PM, Def Minister should present clear picture: Deve Gowda

Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Tuesday termed as ‘disturbing’ the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley and said the government should offer a clearer picture to the nation on the border issue.
He sought to know as to how Indian soldiers lost their lives during a de-escalation process and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh should come out with a clearer picture.
“Reports coming from #GalwanValley are disturbing. Why did our soldiers lose their lives during a de-escalation process? In national interest, the PM and RM should offer a clearer picture to the nation on the border issue with the Chinese. #LADAKHSTANDOFF,” Gowda tweeted.
 

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