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Mamata to take part in all-party meet; RJD, AAP not invited

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend the all-party meeting on the India-China border dispute convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

At a press conference on Thursday, Banerjee said: “We completely support the decision to call for an all-party meeting. Technically, it is a correct decision.” At Wednesday’s press conference, Banerjee had said: “AITC does not speak about foreign affairs matters because we are always with the country. Let the Centre decide how they want to deal with the situation in LAC.”

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has not been invited to the all-party meeting, two senior party leaders claimed on Friday.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the party has a government in Delhi and in Punjab, it is the main opposition party, but still, the BJP does not want its opinion.

“A strange ego-ridden government is running at the Centre. The Aam Aadmi Party has a government in Delhi. Punjab has the main opposition party. There are four MPs all over the country, but still, the BJP does not want its opinion on such an important matter. What will the prime minister say in the meeting, the whole country is waiting for it,” Singh tweeted. 

AAP leader and Delhi minister Gopal Rai said it is unfortunate that the AAP was not invited. “Instead of taking all the parties together, the BJP is using mathematical formulas to ascertain who should be invited and who should not be. It is unfortunate,” he said.

Lalu Yadav’s RJD is also not invited for the all-party meeting. RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav questioned in a Tweet why his party was not invited.

The United States has expressed its deepest condolences to India on the loss of lives of the 20 soldiers in violent clashes at the Galwan Valley.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the people of India for the lives lost as a result of the recent confrontation with China,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet, hours after his meeting with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi.

“We will remember the soldiers’ families, loved ones, and communities as they grieve,” he added.

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