Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, Sitaram Yechury will be among several opposition leaders who are expected to attend Friday’s all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese army in the Galwan valley.
There will, however, be no Aam Aadmi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the AIMIM.
Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders including Manoj Jha and Misa Bharti staged a protest near Gandhi Statue in Parliament. Manoj Jha says, "we are upset because we have not been invited to the all-party meeting called by PM Modi over #GalwanValleyFaceOff." pic.twitter.com/MWEiX9ft46
— ANI (@ANI) June 19, 2020
The meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. and it will be attended by the political parties through video conferencing.
This is the first all-party meeting called by Modi after the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent face-off with Chinese troops at patrol point 14 on Monday night in Ladakh’s Galwan valley.
The India-China faceoff at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has been going on since early May and the brutal attack came amid a de-escalation operation and disengagement talks already underway.
Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja, DMK President M.K. Stalin, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United President Nitish Kumar will be attending the meeting via video conferencing along with other political party chiefs.
However, RJD, AAP and the AIMIM alleged that they have not been invited to the meeting called by the Prime Minister.
In a tweet on Thursday night, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said, “A strange egoistic government is at the Centre. AAP has its government in Delhi, in Punjab, it is the main opposition party and also has four MPs and also has its presence across the country. But for all the important issues BJP will not take the opinion of AAP. What the Prime Minister will say during the all-party meeting is eagerly awaited by the country Amen.”
भारत-चीन सीमा विवाद पर प्रधानमंत्री जी के द्वारा बुलायी गयी बैठक में तीन बार के चुने हुए मुख्यमंत्री व @AamAadmiParty के राष्ट्रीय संयोजक @ArvindKejriwal को न शामिल किया जाना भेदभाव पूर्ण फ़ैसला है । pic.twitter.com/6TH1ptPdx2
— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) June 19, 2020
RJD leader and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav also tweeted on Thursday night: “Dear Defence Minister and PMO, Just wish to know the criteria for inviting political parties for tomorrow’s All-Party Meet on Galwan Valley. I mean the grounds of inclusion/exclusion. Because our party RJD hasn’t received any message so far.”
Dear @DefenceMinIndia @PMOIndia, Just wish to know the criteria for inviting political parties for tomorrow's #AllPartyMeet on #GalwanValley. I mean the grounds of inclusion/exclusion. Because our party @RJDforIndia hasn't received any message so far.
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) June 18, 2020
WATCH: RJD MPs protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament over their exclusion from the all party meet called by the Prime Minister over Indo-China standoff issue. @manojkjhadu @MisaBharti @yadavtejashwi pic.twitter.com/ENw37XbpHh
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) June 19, 2020
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen ( AIMIM) MP Assaduddin Owaisi also released a statement on Twitter expressing its disappointment for not getting invited to the All Party meeting on India china border issue.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Asaduddin Owaisi writes to PM Modi stating, "it is disappointing that my party was not invited to today's "All Party Meeting" on China border issue which was to be chaired by you." pic.twitter.com/9RmyJLKg0g
— ANI (@ANI) June 19, 2020
Coming under attack from the opposition parties, especially the Congress, the Prime Minister after lengthy meetings with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishanker, on Wednesday sent out a clear signal to China that India won’t tolerate any misadventures when it comes to defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity.