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Rajnath, Sushma meet ahead of talks with opposition

Rajnath Sushma

New Delhi, July 14, 2017: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval held a meeting on Friday ahead of their briefing to opposition leaders on the border stand-off with China and the Kashmir situation.

The meeting held at Rajnath’s residence here was also attended by BJP President Amit Shah. Rajiv Gauba, who will take over as Home Secretary on August 30, was also present. The meeting lasted for over two hours.

Informed sources said the meeting went over the points to be discussed with the opposition leaders on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the killing of Amarnath pilgrims and the military stand-off in the Doklam Plateau adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan.

The opposition is likely to raise the two issues during Parliament’s monsoon session, beginning Monday.

While clearing speculations that whether Congress will attend the meeting or not, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told media that “The party will attend the meet and will ask questions on the current stand-off seeking details and its implications on the national security. The Congress will support the government in every endeavour to defend the national security.”

However, the names of the leaders has not been revealed yet, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia are likely to attend the meet at 5 PM.

The meeting has been called to bring all parties on board in view of the ongoing stand-off. The meeting also assumes significance as it comes just two days ahead of Monsoon Session of Parliament which will commence on July 17.

Wefornews Bureau

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