Centre briefs Opposition leaders on Kashmir situation


New Delhi, Opposition leaders were on Friday briefed by the government on the stand-off with China and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the Defence portfolio, were among those present at the meeting.

Leaders of opposition parties present included Congress’s senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikurjan Kharge and Anand Sharma, Janata Dal-United’s Sharad Yadav and K.C. Tyagi, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury and Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien.

AIADMK leader A. Navaneethakrishnan told reporters later that Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar made a presentation on the military stand-off in the Doklam Plateau adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan.

He said Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi made a presentation on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Our central government under the leadership of Prime Minister is protecting the Indian territories very properly. And with regard to Amarnath Yatra, the central government is taking appropriate steps to protect the yatris,” Navaneethakrishnan said.

Earlier in the day, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval met and are learnt to have gone through the points to be discussed with the opposition leaders on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the killing of Amarnath pilgrims and the military stand-off with China.

The opposition is likely to raise the two issues during Parliament’s monsoon session that begins on Monday. (IANS)