PM should make statement on Doklam, tell about Govt’s policy on de-militarizing Doklam plateau: Congress

Charging the Government of ‘ducking’ the ‘Doklam Question’ in the Lok Sabha, the Congress on Wednesday said the Modi Government hid behind a sheet of misleading opaqueness on the issue and demanded that .Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a statement on the issue and tell about the Government’s policy on de-militarizing the Doklam plateau.

In a statement issued here, AICC media in charge Randeep Surjewala said,’Modi Government hid behind a sheet of misleading opaqueness on Doklam today. External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj claimed in Parliament on Wednesday that the 73 day standoff in Doklamhas been “resolved with diplomatic maturity without losing any ground” and “there is no change in the status quo (on the ground). The face off at sight has been resolved on August 28, 2017.”

The Modi Government and Ms Sushma Swaraj were conspicuously silent on the Chinese military buildup and new road construction in the South Doklam region, overlooking the ‘Chicken Neck’. She said nothing about the creation of ‘a full-fledged Chinese military complex’ at Doklam right upto 10 m from Indian Army Post, reflected in the satellite imagery released earlier by the Congress party, besides media reports. ‘

Questioning the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, he said,’ The Prime Minister met this Chinese counterpart Mr Xi Jinping on July 26, on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in South Africa. This was the third bilateral meeting of PM Modi with his Chinese counterpart in the past four months. Disappointingly, the Modi Government could not give a conclusive reaction to the numerous media reports and developments regarding the Doklam stand-off that have compromised India’s National Security and endangered its Strategic Interests.

During the July 20th ‘No-Confidence’ Motion debate in Parliament, the PM spewed false political rhetoric but could not provide any clarity on the status of Chinese military and infrastructure build up at North and South Doklam. Earlier, both Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj visited China from April 20-24, but not a word on Doklam came out of those ‘agenda-less’ visits.’

He said that Mrs Swaraj’s statement in Parliament on Wednesday reflected the Modi Government’s uncertain Foreign Policy and continuous ‘Flip-Flops’ to the Chinese Misadventure in Doklam.

‘ Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s vacuous statement on Doklam in Parliament today speaks volumes about the Modi Government’s uncertain Foreign Policy and continuous ‘Flip-Flops’ to the Chinese Misadventure in Doklam which is harming India’s Strategic Interests.

In national interest, the Congress party demands that the PM make a statement and take the nation into confidence by placing the entire spectrum of facts on the floor of the Parliament. The PM must tell his Government’s policy on de-militarizing the Doklam plateau,’ he said.


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