File picture of Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha

When requested if opposition MPs can be allowed to search a clarification on the defence minister’s assertion, Rajnath Singh mentioned it might be up to the Chair to determine.

  • CNN-News18
  • Last Updated: September 17, 2020, 12:00 AM IST


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a assertion in Rajya Sabha at midday on Thursday on the scenario alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. An all-party casual assembly, convened on Wednesday to determine on the agenda of Parliament for the approaching week, was apprised of this growth.

Singh’s assertion will come two days after his address in the Lok Sabha on the identical subject.

The authorities on the all-party meet was represented by Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Leader of the House Thawarchand Gehlot and ministers Piyush Goyal, Arjun Ram Meghwal and V Muraleedharan.

From the opposition bench, the Congress was represented by Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma. The different leaders current had been Tiruchi Siva from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Derek O’Brien from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Ram Gopal Yadav from the Samajwadi Party, and Okay Keshava Rao from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

When requested if opposition MPs can be allowed to search a clarification on Singh’s assertion as per guidelines, he advised reporters that the choice lies with the Chair. Singh added that the assertion can be an up to date one.

Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, who left the assembly early, advised CNN-Information18 it was not a assembly on China. “Bills are being mentioned. We had requested the federal government to agree to ship some payments for scrutiny. It was simply a assembly on that. Singh attended the assembly as Deputy Leader of the Lok Sabha and never as Defence Minister.”

Joshi later said further discussion with Opposition leaders would be held to ensure smooth conduct of business. The government has listed 45 bills and 11 ordinances for passage in this session. During a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) on Sunday, opposition MPs had asked the government to hold an informal meeting to see what bills can be sent for parliamentary scrutiny.

Briefing the Parliament about the ongoing standoff between the two militaries in Ladakh, Singh on Tuesday had said that the Indian Army has repeatedly foiled China’s attempts to change the status quo at the LAC and that Indian forces are fully geared and “ready to deal with all contingencies”.

Singh had also spoken about “in-depth dialogue” with his Chinese counterpart on September 4 in Moscow, saying he had “conveyed in clear phrases our issues associated to the actions of the Chinese facet, together with amassing of enormous variety of troops, their aggressive behaviour and makes an attempt to unilaterally alter the established order that had been in violation of the bilateral agreements”.