NCP chief and former Defence Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the Narendra Modi government must convene Parliament at the earliest to discuss the ongoing border crisis with China.
“I honestly feel that Parliament should meet as early as possible. Possibly in July. Parliament should meet, it should discuss and suggest to the government. Avoiding Parliament is not at all a correct thing,” Sharad Pawar said.
Speaking in an exclusive interview to India Today TV’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, Sharad Pawar said the ongoing border conflict with China should be handled diplomatically and whatever efforts the defence forces make, the country should stand behind them like a solid rock.
“As a former defence minister and having known China’s capability and strength, I think diplomatic channels and exerting pressure from the global community is a better solution (to deal with the present situation),” Sharad Pawar said.
He said if diplomatic efforts don’t succeed, then military option should be the last resort.
Asked about the domestic politics that has been going on in the country, Sharad Pawar said, “It is a very sensitive issue. I don’t think anyone should bring in politics here. This is a time to protect national interest and keep the morale of Indian soldiers high. The entire nation should support our defence forces and their actions.”
Commenting on the Opposition’s role, he said, “There are many areas where we can attack the government over its failure. But this is a security issueit is an issue of the morale of our defence forces and politics should stay out of it.”
“In such a situation, I honestly feel we have to work together,” he said.
When asked if the Modi government has handled the situation at the Line of Actual Control well, Sharad Pawar said, “I don’t think one should discuss this question at this juncture. Whether there were some mistakes, some shortcomings, some intelligence failurethis is not the time to discuss it. This is a time to protect every inch of our territory.”