Pinaki Misra to represent BJD in all-party meeting called by PM over China

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], June 19 (ANI): Leader of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Lok Sabha, Pinaki Misra, will attend the all-party meeting on China called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"As per your telephonic discussion on deputing a representative of Biju Janata Dal Party to attend All Party Meeting on China, called by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on 19.06.2020 at 5.00 p.m., I authorise Shri Pinaki Misra, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and the Leader of the Biju Janata Dal Party in Lok Sabha, to represent the Biju Janata Dal in the aforesaid meeting," read the circular.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for an all-party meeting to be held on June 19 to discuss the situation at the border areas with China.

The virtual conference meeting, presided by PM Modi, will be attended by presidents of various political parties in the country."In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 PM on 19th June. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting," a tweet by the PMO India read.

At least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel rank officer, had lost their lives in the violent face-off in the Galwan valley area of Ladakh on June 15.

The violent face-off happened on late evening and the night of June 15 in Ladakh's Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to "unilaterally change" the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, India said on June 16.

The Chinese side also suffered casualties, including the death of the commanding officer of the Chinese Unit involved in the violent face-off with Indian troops, sources confirmed to ANI. (ANI)