Opposition supports Centre’s stand on Doklam border dispute

The government and major opposition parties agreed on Friday on the need for India and China to pursue diplomatic options to resolve the Doklam standoff even as they backed the action of Indian troops in stalling a Chinese attempt to build a road through Bhutanese territory.
Opposition leaders were supportive of the Indian position that China has violated the commitments arrived at through the special representatives’ dialogue with Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, a former defence minister, saying China betrayed Nehru and would behave similarly with the NDA government if it let its guard down. NCP leader Sharad Pawar, also a former defence minister, said India could borrow a leaf from China and be patient in resolving the face-off without resorting to to hasty actions.
Opposition leaders appreciated home minister Rajnath Singh’s Kashmiriyat comment on the Amarnath incident and felt that all-around condemnation of the attack can provide the setting for talks in the state.
The meeting also saw a discussion on the attack on Amarnath yatris and the situation in the Kashmir Valley with some opposition leaders like Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad and Yechury suggesting the government open dialogue with stake-holders.Azad also said actions of gau rakshaks need to be checked by the Centre and states.Home minister Rajnath Singh, who hosted the meeting, said he had not ruled out talks with any party in J&K .

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