India-China conflict: Political slugfest disrupts parliament as Opp demands discussion on Tawang clash

Self-propelled 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (SPMRL) produced by the People's Republic of China for the People's Liberation Army Ground Force. [Photo: Wikimedia/]

New Delhi: India has been witnessing a huge political clash as parties continue to comment on the recent face-off between the Indian Army and Chinese Army in the border region in the Yangtse area of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang.

A face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Tawang sector on December 9 led to minor injuries “to a few personnel” from both sides, IANS reported.

Indian Army issued also issued a statement confirming that the Indian and the Chinese troops clashed along the LAC in Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. One report suggested that six Indian armed forces personnel were injured. The army side had said that both sides suffered minor injuries in the clash.

Soon after the reports of the clash between the neighbouring countries started circulating, the opposition started questioning Narendra Modi-led government and also disrupted the Parliament’s Winter Session.

The Winter Session, which is slated to have 17 working days, began on December 7 and faced several adjournments many times as the opposition created a ruckus over the Tawang clash.

On December 13, members of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha– including Ranjeet Ranjan, Randeep Singh Surjewala, L. Hanumanthaiah, Jebi Mather, Jajani Patil, Nasir Hussain, Manish Tewari, Manoj Kumar Jha and Priyanka Chaturvedi– gave notices under Rule 267 and Rule 176 of the Rules of Procedure for the suspension of business to conduct a discussion on the December 9 clashes between the forces of India and China at the Tawang border, the report said.

The MPs had demanded to suspend Zero Hour and relevant rules relating to Question Hour and other businesses of the day to have a discussion on the issue which needs immediate measures to combat such aggression and protect India’s interests along the international border.

According to Reuters, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on the same day (December 13) said that the situation at the India-China border was “generally stable,” after both the troops clashed at the border.

However, on Wednesday (December 14), as many as 17 opposition parties (including Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Aam Aadmi Party, MDMK, Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI, Janata Dal-United, DMK, Trinamool Congress, and Telugu Desam Party) staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha during ‘Zero Hour’ accusing the government of not holding a discussion over the December 9 clashes along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the Indian and Chinese forces at the Tawang sector.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on the day accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of inaction regarding China occupying Indian land in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.

“I had already said they (China) have occupied our land in Ladakh and Arunachal as per a statement given by BJP MP, but the BJP government has done nothing. Our soldiers are beaten up, and they are not allowed to retaliate. This is a sorry state of affairs,” she said.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday hit out at the government and claimed that the GoI has kept people and Parliament in the dark regarding the border situation with China.

“The Modi government has kept the people and the Parliament in the dark. Why is it scared of the truth about China coming out? What is Modi’s interest in hiding the facts about Chinese aggression?” tweeted Owaisi and attached a snippet of a news article regarding “Chinese aggression” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.


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