New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting with all the political parties in the country to discuss the ongoing border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh. The virtual meeting was attended by the leaders of 20 political parties. 

The virtual meeting was attended by Sonia Gandhi (Congress), JP Nadda (BJP), Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena), MK Stalin (DMK), Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam (AIADMK), N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), Jagan Mohan Reddy (YSR Congress), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Nitish Kumar (JD-U), Mamata Banerjee (TMC), Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), D Raja (CPI), Sitaram Yechury (CPM), K Chandrashekar Rao (TRS), Sukhbir Badal (Akali Dal), Chirag Paswan (Lok Janshakti Party) and Hemant Soren (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha).

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda were also present in the virtual party meeting.

The tensions between India and China escalated after the deadly clash at Galwan Valley on the night of June 15 claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, including an Army Colonel. News agency ANI quoted intelligence sources as saying that China suffered 43 casualties during the clash at Galwan Valley.

Following the clash at Galwan Valley, PM Modi issued a stern warning to China and said that India “wants peace but is capable of giving a befitting reply, if instigated”, asserting that sacrifices of Indian soldiers will not go in vain.

"We have prayed for the welfare of humanity. We have always worked with neighbouring countries in a friendly way and cooperation. We have always tried that our differences should not turn into disputes. We never provoke anyone. But we can never compromise on country's integrity and sovereignty. We have always displayed our power in protecting the country's integrity and sovereignty," PM Modi had said.

"I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our soldiers will not be in vain. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country are most important. And no one can stop protecting our country. India wants peace but it is capable of giving a befitting reply if provoked," he added.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar also spoke with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and said that what happened in Galwan was a “pre-mediated and planned action that was directly responsible for the resulting violence and casualties”.

The Foreign Minister also told his Chinese counterpart that Beijing should immediately “reassess its actions and take corrective steps”.

Meanwhile, India and China on Thursday held Major General-level dialogue for the third consecutive day on disengagement of troops and difuse the tensions in the region.

The Indian and Chinese armies were engaged in a standoff in Galwan and several other areas of eastern Ladakh since May 5 when the two sides clashed on the banks of the Pangong Tso.

The trigger for the face-off was China's stiff opposition to India laying a key road in the Finger area around the Pangong Tso Lake besides construction of another road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma