17 Jun 2020, 02:05 pm By Rohit Sindhu
PM Modi to chair all-party meeting over India-China border clash, on Friday

The Prime Minister's Office has confirmed the report that Prime Minister Modi to chair all-party meeting on Friday over the current standoff at China border. "In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 PM on 19th June. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting", tweeted PMO.

After holding several high level meetings with Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and all three Chiefs of Defence services, now Prime Minister to chair meeting with Political parties. In view of recent violent stand-off at China border which resulted casualties on both side of border, on Monday, PM Office intimated that PM Modi is in continuous touch with current situation.

The decision is taken on Wednesday after opposition party leaders including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Shiv Sena leader questioned Centre over current violent stand-off at Indo-China Border. On Wednesday opposition leader Rahul Gandhi asked PM Modi over the current situation along with China border. In his statement he said "How dare China kill our soldiers; how dare they take our land", "enough is enough", we need to know what has happened, questioned Rahul Gandhi.

On other hand Shiv Sena also blamed Centre over martyrdom of 20 Indian Soldiers, "We can't hold Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi responsible for whatever happened at the border", said Shiv Sena leader on Wednesday.

In recent move Indian Army and Ministry of External Affairs have reiterated that Indian stand is clear at border as Indian Army is deployed within its territory of Ladakh in Eastern sector & have pitched for bilateral talks at all levels. On Monday at Indo-China border an escalatory clash took place at Point 14 near Galwan Valley in Ladakh sector. A scuffle was broke out between Chinese PLA soldiers and Indian Army soldiers causing casualties on both sides.

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Following the reports from MEA and Foreign Ministry of China, both the countries have pitched for bilateral engagement at table. In its recent statement, Foreign Ministry of China said, "From the Chinese side, we do not wish to see more clashes, said Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson on Galwan Valley clash.