Congress MP Rahul Gandhi walked out of a Defence Committee Meeting with his colleagues. They alleged that they were refrained from discussing the border issues alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
On July 14, a meeting was held at 3 pm where Rahul Gandhi and other Congress members initiated the agenda to discuss the border issues with China.
According to the sources, they were denied for discussion. As a result, Rahul Gandhi walked out with his congress colleagues. The strategy meeting was chaired by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, the committee decided to raise the issue in the upcoming monsoon parliamentary session.
In the monsoon session, it is speculated that Congress will raise questions on inflation, rise in the prices of fuel, the controversy surrounding the Rafale deal, unemployment issue, vaccine shortage and the border issues with China.
Rahul Gandhi had also raised issues of national security with neighbouring countries of Pakistan and some territories of Afghanistan being captured by the militant association of the Taliban.
However, the chairman of the panel and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jual Oram, denied a deliberation on the matters raised by Rahul Gandhi, stating they were not a part of the pre-decided agenda of the meeting.
After being denied the access to include those topics into the discussion, Rahul Gandhi proposed a reconvening of the meeting, this demand was turned down again. Following this, Rahul Gandhi and other members of the Congress party walked out of the committee meeting.
The Panel on Defence was held to review the working of cantonment boards across the country. Rahul Gandhi raised a query that instead of the agenda being a discussion on the functionality of the cantonment board, the panel should discuss significant issues such as border issues with China.
Explaining the due process, Jual Oram said that if any committee members wanted to have a discourse on other subjects, they must write a notice before 14 days of the meeting, and the present discussion on the cantonment boards should proceed ahead.
He pointed out that in the previous committee meeting, held on 29 June, the committee’s agenda for the year was being decided – Rahul Gandhi and Congress members were not present.
In February, Rahul Gandhi had cited a media report in which it was alleged that Chinese troops had access to the area surrounding the Line of Control (LAC), he criticized the central government, accusing that India has ceded territory to China.
He shared the article on Twitter, he said that the country has never been vulnerable in defence policy. The government countered the argument, stating that the nine-month standoff between the military had come to an end following the disengagement process in February.
The disengagement process included both the troops of India and China pulling back their military and artillery from across the Pangong Lake. Hence, India has not ceded any territory of India to China.
The army has denied the allegations of fresh stand-offs and said peaceful talks are underway to increase the diplomatic relations between the nation.