When govt blocked a discussion on Tawang, the Opposition parties led by Congress staged a walk-out in Rajya Sabha
The Opposition parties on Wednesday demanded a discussion on the Chinese aggression in Tawang. Deputy Chairman Harivansh, however, didn’t allow further talks on the issue following which Opposition MPs shouted slogans against the government. Soon after, Members from Congress, Left, NCP, TMC, Shiv Sena, RJD, and JMM staged a walk-out in the Upper House.
Leader of Opposition and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge initially raised the matter in the first half alleging that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh didn’t provide complete information in the House on the face-off between the Chinese and Indian troops. “We want a discussion on Chinese aggression. We want detailed information as to what’s happening there. Defence Minister has not provided full information. We are for the country,” said Kharge raising the matter during Zero Hour.
Earlier, Opposition parties met at the Chamber of Mallikarjun Kharge ahead of the parliament proceedings for the day to chalk out a strategy against the government on Tawang and other issues.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, responding to the Tawang face-off on Tuesday, informed parliament that timely intervention of the troops on the ground forced the Chinese soldiers back to their positions and that none of the Indian soldiers either lost his life or got seriously injured in the December 9 scuffle with the PLA in Tawang.
He also assured the Parliament that the forces are fully committed to safeguarding country’s territorial integrity. Unsatisfied with the response, Opposition leaders demanded a discussion in the House.Tawang: Opposition stages walk out in Rajya Sabha