Cong MPs raise LAC, walk out of defence panel meet

Rahul: Don’t waste our time discussing cantonment boards

Cong MPs raise LAC, walk out of defence panel meet

Rahul Gandhi. File photo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14

Rahul Gandhi and other Congress MPs today left the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on defence, demanding an urgent discussion on the Line of Actual Control, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The discussion was not granted with panel chairman Jual Oram telling Rahul that the agenda listed for the day was “Review of the working of cantonment boards”.

Panel sources said Rahul demanded that the committee be given a briefing on India’s security situation in the wake of the developments along the LAC, Taliban actions post US announcement of troop withdrawal and the situation with respect to Pakistan and J&K.

“Don’t waste our time discussing cantonment boards. We want a briefing on the security issues,” he said, walking out of the meeting even as Oram pointed out that the agenda items were pre-decided and circulated to members in advance.

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