An all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation along the India-China border on Friday saw leaders of major political parties putting across their views on the sensitive issue.
The virtual meeting began with participants paying tributes to the 20 Indian soldiers killed in the violent face-off with Chinese troops in East Ladakh earlier this week.
Prime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were seen standing in silence as a mark of respect for the fallen army men.
Singh and Jaishankar spoke on the stand-off at the meeting, according to early visuals.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader K Chandrashekhar Rao, Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s M K Stalin, Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party’s Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray were among those who attended the meeting.
The government had invited presidents of major political parties for the meet.
Opposition parties, including the Congress, have been asking the government to be transparent about the situation on the border and slammed its handling of the issue.
Modi has asserted that the sacrifice of Indian soldiers will not go in vain.
Defence Minister Singh had said that Indian soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. — PTI
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