A day after a crucial meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee was cancelled by the Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has raised questions over the cancellations. He alleged that meeting of other Committee’s wasn’t cancelled and only the meeting of Shashi Tharoor led Parliamentary Standing Committee was cancelled. Speaking to ANI, he said, “Speaker has rights under rules. But some members are concerned that other committees’ meeting are at the same time and only ours is cancelled. I have written to her and I want it to be confidential.”
As per reports, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs was to meet to evaluate the four key witnesses on the Doklam military build-up by China. The meeting, which was slated for 3 PM on Thursday (February 9) was expected to examine a former army chief, a former foreign secretary and a former ambassador, besides a cyber expert. Reportedly, explaining the reason behind cancelling the meeting, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, said, “Many members raised concern as the meeting was called on a very short notice. The Budget discussion and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement shceduled for the day (February 8) are among other reasons behind the cancellation of the meeting.
The Standing Committee had Shashi Tharoor as its chairman and Congress President Rahul Gandhi as a member. As per reports, the committee was to examine former Army chief Gen Deepak Kapur, satellite imagery expert Col Vinayak Bhat, former foreign secretary Shyam Saran and former ambassador G Parthasarthy.
Last year, the Indian and the Chinese army came to a stand-off that lasted for 73 days when Chinese soldiers arrived with bulldozers and excavators to build a high-mountain road. In response, India sent its troops to stop the Chinese construction.