Sparks Fly in Rajya Sabha Over Demand for Discussion on Chinese Transgressions

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Meanwhile,  Congress MP Manish Tewari on Friday again moved an adjournment notice in the Lok Sabha on the issue, fourth  notice in four says despite being denied discussion on the Chinese transgressions

NEW DELHI — The Rajya Sabha on Friday witnessed heated exchanges between the Opposition and the treasury benches over demand for discussion on Chinese transgressions at the LAC.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said, “The Chair should allow opposition’s notices on the issue as this is an important issue and all the members want a discussion. “

The request was ignored by the Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was on the Chair, and the house was adjourned till 12 p.m but not before the Congress MPs trooping to the Well of the House.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh warned the members to refrain from making comments on the Chair.

Accusing the opposition of disrupting the proceedings and disallowing the House to function smoothly, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Congress is not bothered about the common man’s issue.”

Apparently, there was lack of coordination between the Opposition as Nadimul Haque of Trinamool Congress went ahead with the Zero Hour issue and so did Mahua Manjhi of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).

However, the Chair said it had received eight notices under rule 267 but was rejecting them. –

Lok Sabha

Despite being denied discussion on the Chinese transgressions, Congress MP Manish Tewari on Friday again moved an adjournment notice in the Lok Sabha on the issue.

This is his fourth notice in the last as many consecutive days.

“We have had the Hon’ble Defence Minister give a statement. However, there are crucial questions that need to be asked: Why are these clashes happening, first Galwan and now Yangtse? What do the Chinese want? Is the Government aware of Chinese mal-intentions? Have we lost any territory to the Chinese as a result of these aggressions, if so, how much and how does the Government plan to get it back?” the notice said.

The notice said a detailed discussion was required on the grave situation at the border with China in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh.

“This is the first physical clash between the two armies since August 2020 which took place at Rinchen La in eastern Ladakh. Bilateral trade with China is at an all-time high. Between 2020 to the present, imports from China have nearly doubled from $27.3 billion to $52.4 billion.

“That the Chinese are attempting to come inside the Indian territory is a portentous sign. From Eastern Ladakh, the Chinese seem to be eyeing Arunachal and the 2,500 KM Eastern Sector of the LAC. Reports suggest that China has built massive infrastructure and there is additional troop buildup on the LAC. At least three additional PLA brigades are reportedly deployed at the LAC.

“These clashes are in addition to what has been happening in Eastern Ladakh where, despite multiple rounds of talks, sixteen in total, China has vehemently refused to vacate areas it reportedly occupied after the major clash on May 5, 2020.

“The crises in areas such as Depsang and Demchok remain unresolved. Locals who hitherto travelled to the Charding La- Nilung Nalla Junction have been denied access by the Chinese. Graziers have also been blocked from accessing the area.

“China has, in the meantime, reportedly built substantial military infrastructure all across the Line of Actual Control. China is unwilling to restore the status quo in Ladakh, a situation that puts India at a massive disadvantage. This House has spent no time discussing this crucial issue.

“I urge the Government to take this matter with utmost seriousness and have a detailed discussion in Parliament with regard to the border situation with China,” the notice reiterated. — IANS

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