Opposition backs Centre’s stand on Doklam border standoff


New Delhi: Leading political parties on Friday backed the government’s approach to resolve the month-long stand-off with China at the Sikkim border diplomatically and peacefully, reassuring the NDA government that the parties would rise above politics on matters of national security.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had convened the all party meeting to bring the opposition up to speed on the Sikkim stand-off and the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris this week that killed 7 people.

The government is seeking to build support for its action ahead of the monsoon session of parliament that begins on Monday.

The meeting was attended by 19 lawmakers from different political parties who were briefed by senior ministers and top officials.

China has been warning that it will not allow any resolution without India withdrawing its soldiers from what it claims is its territory. India has so far refused, stressing on dialogue to resolve the stand-off.

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past 26 days after a Chinese army’s construction party was stopped by Indian troops from building a road, in what China claims to be its territory.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

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