Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Oppn to Move Privilege Motions Against Sushma Swaraj Today

Oppn to Move Privilege Motions Against Sushma Swaraj Today

Opposition plans to move privilege motion against Sushma Swaraj after alleging that the Foreign Minister misinformed Rajya Sabha on India's foreign policy on Thursday, by claiming that she had not delivered any speech in the Bandung conference.

Talking about Centre's stand on the Doklam standoff with China, Swaraj said the border stand-off with China cannot be resolved through a war but can be settled through bilateral talks.

In the notice under Rule 188, the opposition Congress said that during the discussion on India's foreign policy in the upper house on Thursday, Sushma Swaraj twice "completely denied that any speech or statement was made by any of the representatives of the Indian government at the 60th anniversary of the Bangdung Conference".

China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction since June after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road. The Congress, however, claimed that minister of state for external affairs V.K. Singh had given a speech in Bangdung on the 60th anniversary.

The Opposition leader should have first understood the government's viewpoint on and then met the Chinese envoy and conveyed him India's viewpoint, the minister said.

Sharad Yadav of Janata Dal (United), an ally of the BJP in Bihar, praised former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for "cleverly annexing Sikkim with Russia's help" but accused the current government of being a "stooge of the U.S". "A full and accurate account of that letter would have also brought out Prime Minister Nehru's assertion that was clearly based on the boundary alignment as shown in our Indian published maps".

Bhutan and India maintain that Doklam, or Donglang as the Chinese call it, is a Bhutanese territory. She said that the issue should be seen in the context of the "entire bilateral relationship".

"We will continue to engage with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution based on the Astana consensus of our leaders". She also added that the government is in constant touch with the Chinese authorities on a number of issues and is satisfied with the progress made in individual cases.

India will start dialogue with Pakistan the day it stops promoting terrorism against this country, Swaraj said while making it clear that terror and talks can not go together.

"But it can't be one-sided".

When asked about India's policy on Pakistan, Swaraj said that terror and talks can not go hand-in-hand and that dialogue would take place that day Pakistan stopped promoting terror.

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