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Cong to attend govt-opposition meeting on China stand-off

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The said it would attend a briefing of opposition parties by the on the stand-off with and the Kashmir situation later today, and asked the Modi dispensation to "share full information" on the issues.

media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala took a jibe at the government, saying it was "satisfying" to see that the had "finally woken up" after three years to brief the opposition on the issues concerning the nation.

He said the would fully "cooperate" with the on issues relating to national security.

"We shall ask the to share full information about the background and situation on the Indo-border as also on the Bhutan border where the stand-off continues.

"We shall also ask the to clarify all implications for our national security and the necessary steps being taken in protecting our national interests and also steps to be taken," Surjewala told reporters here.

Criticising the Modi government, he said the previous Congress-led UPA regime had always kept the opposition in the loop on such critical issues.

Union Home Minister and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will brief the leaders of opposition parties on the stand-off with

Leaders of prominent opposition parties have been invited to the meeting where the two senior ministers will give a detailed presentation on the situation along the Sino-Indian border and and the action, sources said.

Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, beginning Monday, the is apparently seeking to build a consensus to deal with its biggest neighbour as well as on the Kashmir issue.

Surjewala said that efforts should be made to strengthen the India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty.

To a question, he said the hoped that the would brief the opposition also on the Amarnath attack.

He alleged that the present situation in Kashmir was the result of the "immaturity and failure" of the PDP-BJP in the state and the Centre.

"Unfortunately, the prime minister and the BJP think they have all the answers. They have not taken the opposition into confidence on the issue. We hope they take us into confidence," he added.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 16:22 IST