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Mulayam Singh attacks Govt., says China not Pak the enemy

New Delhi, April 29 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Pradesh chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday criticised the UPA-II Government for not acting in tough manner against China in the wake of the latter ordering some of its troops to cross the border into Indian territory.

Participating in a discussion on the Chinese troop incursion in the Lok sabha , Mulayam accused the government of being soft, and added that the latter needed to see China and not Pakistan as India’s main enemy.

The government, on the other hand, continues to hope to resolve the bilateral impasse between the two countries diplomatically.

It has been announced that External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will visit Beijing on May 9 to discuss the issue and how best to resolve it.

Khurshid’s visit will take place before the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India in the latter half of May.

Khurshid has reiterated that there is a joint working mechanism between Beijing and New Delhi to deal with such issues, and added that both countries needed to allow that mechanism to work to find a solution.

This past week, Khurshid has said that these disputes occur because there is variance of perception about the demarcation of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

India had earlier this week, asked China to revert back to the status quo position in Depsang Valley after Chinese forces intruded ten kilometers inside Ladakh more than ten days ago.

Beijing has maintained that China and India are neighbours and the boundary is yet to be demarcated, and therefore, it is inevitable that problems related to border areas will arise from time to time.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said all problems could be resolved through friendly consultations via existing mechanisms and channels.

Earlier on Monday, both Houses of Parliament had to be adjourned till noon, as opposition members created a ruckus over the contentious issue of coal blocks allocation.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned minutes after the day’s proceedings began at 11 a.m., as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members advanced to the Well of the Lower House, demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation over the issue.

Speaker Meira Kumar’s efforts to calm BJP members proved futile and she had to adjourn proceedings.

Disruption also prevailed in the Raya Sabha too, where BJP members shouted slogans against the Prime Minister, forcing Chairman Hamid Ansari to adjourn proceedings till noon.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath appealed to the opposition to allow the house to function.

Both the Houses have seen repeated disruptions by opposition parties over the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum since the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament began at the end of March.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has said that it will not let parliament function till Manmohan Singh resigns over the alleged involvement of his office in the irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum. (ANI)