India-China face-off: AAP, RJD upset for not being invited to PM Modi’s meeting today

Some Opposition parties not invited to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s all-party meet on the China border situation on Friday have lashed out at the government. Leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and All India Majlis-e-Ittahadul Muslimeen have expressed dismay over the lack of an invitation.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made calls to party leaders, News18 reported. Leaders of at least 17 parties are scheduled to attend the meeting, which will be held at 5 pm on Friday via videoconferencing.

Tensions between India and China escalated this week after at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with their Chinese counterparts in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh on June 15. China has not released the number of its soldiers who died. This is the first instance of casualties on the Line of Actual Control since 1975. On June 16, New Delhi blamed the confrontation on Beijing’s attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the area.

“Dear @DefenceMinIndia @PMOIndia, Just wish to know the criteria for inviting political parties for tomorrow’s #AllPartyMeet on #GalwanValley,” Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Tejashwi Yadav said in a tweet. “I mean the grounds of inclusion/exclusion. Because our party @RJDforIndia hasn’t received any message so…

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