En­cour­age Bhutan to de­ploy sol­diers in Dok­lam, govt urged

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New Delhi: A par­lia­men­tary panel adopted a re­port on the Dok­lam is­sue on Satur­day rec­om­mend­ing that In­dia should en­cour­age Bhutan to de­ploy more sol­diers on the north­ern parts of the sen­si­tive re­gion.

Troops of In­dia and China were locked in a 73- day stand­off in Dok­lam in Sikkim from June 16 last year, af­ter the In­dian side stopped construction of a road in the dis­puted tri- junc­tion by the Chi­nese Army. Bhutan and China have a dis­pute over Dok­lam.

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi is a mem­ber of the Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, headed by party MP Shashi Tha­roor. Gandhi was not present in the meet­ing on Satur­day.

Ear­lier this month, the panel could not adopt the draft re­port as most of the BJP mem­bers skipped the meet­ing and the quo­rum could not be reached, ac­cord­ing to sources.

Some mem­bers of the panel who were present in Satur­day’s meet­ing said the re­port was adopted with mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

The draft re­port, cir­cu­lated among the panel’s mem­bers on Au­gust 6, did not clar­ify whether the com­mit­tee was favour­ing in­creas­ing the de­ploy­ment of In­dian troops in the re­gion.

BJP mem­bers of the panel had de­manded that state­ments recorded be­fore the com­mit­tee by the de­fence sec­re­tary and the in­cum­bent and for­mer ex­ter­nal af­fairs sec­re­taries not be made public.

A mem­ber of the com­mit­tee on Satur­day said that “noth­ing sen­si­tive and cru­cial in­for­ma­tion” shared with the panel by of­fi­cials has been made public.

The for­eign min­istry of­fi­cials had in­formed the panel that Bhutan was firmly with In­dia on the is­sue.

Dur­ing ear­lier dis­cus­sions, Rahul Gandhi had ques­tioned Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­istry of­fi­cials on China’s ob­jec­tive and why Bei­jing chose Dok­lam to cre­ate a con­fronta­tion, the sources ear­lier said.

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