Chinese incursion: BJP MPs to meet President
Posted on: 10:25 PM IST May 02, 2013
New Delhi: BJP MPs from both Houses of Parliament will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday in the Rashtrapati Bhavan to demand appropriate action against Chinese incursion in the Ladakh region. All BJP MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been asked by the party top brass to be a part of the delegation that will meet Pranab in afternoon.
BJP Parliamentary Party Chief LK Advani, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley and party president Rajnath Singh will lead the delegation.
The main opposition party has been demanding tough action against Chinese incursion and even cautioned that this could escalate into a "Kargil-like" situation. Pakistani incursions into Indian territory in Kargil in 1999 had resulted in a war between the two neighbours.
BJP had discussed Chinese incursions in its Parliamentary Party meeting on April 30. It had asked the government to come clear on the kind of equipment and weapons being used by the Indian forces to face the Chinese threat. BJP MPs Prakash Javadekar and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who are part of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, had written to the panel chairperson Raj Babbar demanding that defence officials posted at the Ladakh border and other senior personnel be called to get detailed reports from the ground.
The Committee's meeting was cancelled and the issue could not be taken up. In the latest instance in Ladakh region, Chinese troops have reportedly entered 19 km inside the Indian territory.