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Parliament Monsoon Session: Sushma Swaraj Urges Patience, Says Talks Can Resolve Doklam

News18.com | August 3, 2017, 20:32 IST
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The Opposition on Thursday cornered the government in Parliament on the standoff with China over the Doklam issue. Anand Sharma of the Congress sought a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "He (Modi) should tell the nation what he discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Even National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval didn't utter a word on his meeting in China," he said.

Here's how it happened:
Aug 3, 2017 20:32 (IST)

Parliament is adjourned for the day.

Aug 3, 2017 20:18 (IST)

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Sushma Swaraj said that "patience is key to resolving problems," because if patience is lost, there can be provocation from the other side.

Aug 3, 2017 20:18 (IST)

CLICK TO READ | China Says India Building up Troops Amid Border Stand Off at Doklam

About 300 soldiers from either side are facing each other about 150 meters (yards) apart on the plateau.

Aug 3, 2017 19:35 (IST)

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Opposition parties accused the government of spoiling relations with the neighbours and said India should not be isolated in the process of isolating Pakistan.

Aug 3, 2017 19:28 (IST)

"China's action in Doklam is of concern to us. The Chinese are selectively quoting Jawaharlal Nehru's letter. Peace and tranquillity with China is important. Doklam can be resolved through bilateral talks," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:26 (IST)

"POK is an integral part of India. Entire Kashmir is ours," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:25 (IST)

"PM Modi is now shaping global agendas. The PM has told Chinese premier Xi Jinping to not let differences turn into disputes. How can the Congress ask us to not oppose the CPEC? The previous government's foreign policy was 'PMO' driven," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:24 (IST)

"India has the best relation with Arab countries in the world," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:23 (IST)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj slams Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Rajya Sabha for meeting Chinese envoy.

Aug 3, 2017 19:21 (IST)

"We tried to extend a hand of friendship to Pakistan. We have created a roadmap of peace," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:21 (IST)

"Bhutan is our dearest friend. Statements made by some MPs contradict facts," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:19 (IST)

"PM Modi has earned respect for the country. He has brought glory to India," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:15 (IST)

"Our stance remains the same on climate change. Despite US President Donald Trump's allegations on India taking bribes, we stood against it. PM Modi has the guts to stand against Donald Trump and the US," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:07 (IST)

"India's relations with the Arab countries in the best in the world. We rescued 4700 Indians from Yemen during their fight with Saudi Arabia. It happened thanks to the help from both sides," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:03 (IST)

"Israel is out dear friend but that does not mean we will let down the Palestinian cause ever," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 19:00 (IST)

"We are talking with China on everything, not just Doklam. China has big investments in India. Also, you have to understand that both Russia and the US are with us," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 18:57 (IST)

"We have a strong Army but war is not a solution. The diplomatic channels are at work with China," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 18:51 (IST)

Sushma Swaraj slams Rahul Gandhi's meet with the Chinese envoy while India is in a standoff with the PLA at the Doklam plateau. "He should have consulted with the Prime Minister first. The opposition should have taken the government's view before meeting the Chinese," says Swaraj.

Aug 3, 2017 18:50 (IST)

"We tried to extend the hand of friendship to Pakistan but after Burhan Wani's death the relationship has changed. Terror and talks cannot go hand-in-hand," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 18:46 (IST)

"We have improved ties with our neighbours. Bhutan is our dearest friend," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 18:45 (IST)

"Don't cast aspersions on our foreign policy. You (the opposition) are the ones creating concerns. We have secured Hambantota port. The statements made by some opposition MPs contradict facts," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 18:43 (IST)

"It is India's duty to protect our friends. The world sees India differently now," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 18:40 (IST)

"We helped countries like Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal when they were in need. We were the first to help Nepal during the earthquake. Nations which seek our help, are our friends," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 18:40 (IST)

"Pandit Nehru gained personally from his foreign policy but PM Modi has earned respect for the country. PM Modi has brought glory to India," says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Aug 3, 2017 15:04 (IST)

Rajya Sabha members today demanded action against online games like 'Blue Whale', alleging that it was linked to suicide of a young boy in Maharashtra last week. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the House, Amar Shankar Sable (BJP) said Manpreet, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping from a building, was playing 'Blue Whale' game for 50 days. He said about 130 suicides linked to the game have taken place in America, Russia, England, and Italy. Sable said participants in the game are given instructions like 'watch horror movies', 'travel without a ticket in train', and later they are asked to commit suicide.

Aug 3, 2017 14:47 (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Sachin Tendulkar Attends Parliament Days After Row on Absentee MPs

Nominated MP Sachin Tendulkar, who has attended a total of 23 sittings, was in the Rajya Sabha for an hour on Thursday.

Aug 3, 2017 14:42 (IST)

War of words between Deputy Chair PJ Kurien and Anand Sharma. According to the Deputy chair PJ Kurien, Anand Sharma has far exceeded the time given to him. Rajya Sabha speaker calls him unfair.

Aug 3, 2017 14:41 (IST)

"These are matters of national interest and should be discussed. Prime Minisiter Narendra Modi has not uttered a word about the discussion he had with China President Xi Jinping. Why is the Prime Minister Narendra Modi silent. NSA did not share what was discussed in meeting, why? What is China's intent? I am not questioning my government. Why did China deny any discussion with my government," says Anand Sharma on India-China standoff.

Aug 3, 2017 14:36 (IST)

"All parliamentrains can speak on the national security issues. I will not stop any member from speaking. Take your time, I will reply to all," says MEA Sushma Swaraj.

Aug 3, 2017 13:48 (IST)

Sachin Tendulkar made a rare appearance in Rajya Sabha today.

Parliament Monsoon Session: Sushma Swaraj Urges Patience, Says Talks Can Resolve Doklam
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speaking in Rajya Sabha ( TV grab)