Defense Minister Rajnat Singh will address parliament on the India-China border today, the parliament’s business list for the day shows. The address of the Minister is expected to take place at around 3 pm – at the beginning of the proceedings in Lok Sabha. The government is under constant attack from Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, over the conflict with China over the line of de facto control – the de facto border between the two countries.
The issue was raised on Sunday at a meeting of parliament’s business advisory committee to discuss and set the business agenda for the upcoming session.
Asked whether a statement would be made on the confrontation between India and China, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that given the “sensitivity of the situation and strategic points”, the government would make a decision. The leaders, he said, would be briefed at a meeting on Tuesday.
The government has been under pressure to make a statement following repeated violations by soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army on Lake Pangong and several other areas in Ladakh since April. The issue escalated sharply in June, with 20 Indian soldiers killed in the line of duty on June 15, the first in more than four decades.
Twice in the past three weeks, Chinese troops have engaged in provocative actions on the southern shore of Pangong Tso, a glacial lake.
But India has managed to “prevent these attempts to unilaterally change the status quo” in the LAC, the foreign ministry said.
The last action on August 31 was a daily operation during which Indian soldiers were surrounded by Chinese soldiers trying to regain the heights dominated by the Indian army.
Each time after the Chinese operation, Rahul Gandhi insisted that the government reveal the real situation on the Line of De facto Control and how it offered to resolve it.
Days after the June 15 “violent confrontation” in the Galvan Valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ladakh to boost military morale by provoking an attack by Congress.
At an all-party meeting, Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi sharply criticized her for being kept “in the dark even at this late stage.”