Mamata says Sonia Gandhi and government should be united in seeking a regular briefing

Leaders of major political parties have expressed their views on the border tension with China and the deaths of 20 Indian Army soldiers.

The government has invited leaders of 20 major political parties to discuss the issue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a virtual meeting on Tuesday, a day after the death of 20 soldiers in a violent clash with Chinese forces in the Galwana Valley in eastern Ladakh.

The meeting began with competitors paying tribute to the martyred Indian soldiers. This was followed by a presentation by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar also spoke at the meeting.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Rao, JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar, DMK's MK Stalin, YSR Congress party YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Shiv Sena Uddhav have participated in the meeting.

BJP President JP Nadda, CPI (M) D Raja, CPI (M) Sitaram Yechuri, BJP's Pinaki Mishra, TMC's Mamata Banerjee, Akali Dal's Sukhbir Badal, LJP Chirag Paswan, and Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopas Atta,

Highlights of the discussion

All-Party meeting with PM on Indo-China border issues: CPI's De Raja "We need to oppose US efforts to pull our alliance",
All party meeting with PM on Indo-China border issues: Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, "All party meeting should have taken place very early. We are in the dark even at this late stage. Congress has specific questions."

"When did Chinese forces infiltrate? When was the government aware of the crimes? Did the government not have satellite images? Did the intelligence report any unusual activities?": Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi called PMs of all parties - "The country needs assurance that the status quo is restored. What is the current status of the Mountain Strike Corps? Opposition parties should be informed regularly."

NCP chief and former defense minister Sharad Pawar said that whether or not soldiers are armed is determined by international treaties and we need to respect such sensitive matters.

The head of the Sikkim Revolutionary Front, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, told the gathering, "We have perfection in the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has made historic decisions when it comes to national security."

TRS chief and Telangana CM KCR said Prime Minister's resolution on Kashmir has angered China. The Prime Minister's emphasis on the development of Kashmir has also angered China. He stressed that Prime Minister's call for Atmanbir India had shaken China.
Pinaki Mishra of Biju Janata Dal, representing his party, said, "We stand with the government fully and unconditionally."

DMK's MK Stalin said, "We are united when we talk about patriotism." He welcomed the Prime Minister's recent statements on the Chinese issue.

Conrad Sangma of the NPP said: "Infrastructure across the border should not be stopped. Sponsored activities in Myanmar and China are of concern.

TMC leader and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee held an all-party meeting: The all-party meeting is a good message for the country. It shows that we are united behind our soldiers. The TMC expressed solidarity with the government

TMC leader Mamata Banerjee at the all-party meeting: China will not allow entry into telecom, rail, and aviation sectors. We had some problems but we did not let the Chinese enter

China is not a democracy. They are dictatorships. They can do what they think. On the other hand, we must work together. India wins, China loses. Speak with unity. Think of unity. Work in unity. We are in touch with the government: Mamata

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