New Delhi, May 3 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee met with Members of Parliament representing the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Friday.
During their meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the opposition lawmakers submitted a memorandum to Mukherjee on two issues of concern-the incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh and the manner in which the government had handled the case of dead Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh.
The opposition delegation was led by NDA Working Chairperson L K Advani and it requested Mukherjee discuss these issues with the UPA Government and ask the latter to take appropriate action.
Advani later told reporters that Sarabjit’s murder in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail could not have taken place without official connivance.
He said the opposition was clearly distressed by the government’s inaction.
He also criticised the government’s view that the Chinese troop incursion was a localised issue, and demanded to know the reason for the government’s evasive response.
“We would like to remind the government that silent acquiescence in the face of fait-accompli, whether of Pakistan or China is unforgivable pusillanimity. This is simply not acceptable,” the NDA memorandum said.
Opposition parties submitted to the President that just because the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is undefined does not mean China can give it a unilateral physical definition through unilateral and forceful occupation.
The NDA leaders maintained that the “arbitrary and unilateral breach” by China cannot be viewed as normal conduct.
“It is violative of agreed principles governing the conduct of forces of China in respect of the LAC,” the memorandum said.
NDA also emphasised on the need for recalling a resolution adopted by both Houses of Parliament in November, 1962.
“The government must govern, or it must go,” the NDA said.
BJP President Rajnath Singh pointed out to Mukherjee that before 2010 army was deployed in the Ladakh region where these incursions are taking place.
He requested that India should revert to the 2010 position and again post the army in the region.
He also told Mukherjee that External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid should cancel his proposed visit to China on May 9. (ANI)