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The opposition and centre are united on the Dolkam border situation with China as both of them agreed that India and China need to pursue diplomatic options to resolve the Doklam standoff even as they backed the action of Indian troops in stalling a Chinese attempt to build a road through Bhutanese territory.
Speaking to media Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, a former defence minister, said China betrayed Nehru and would behave similarly with the NDA government if it let its guard down.
Sharad Pawar, also a former defence minister, said India could borrow a leaf from China and be patient in resolving the face-off without resorting to hasty actions. While the opposition leaders supported India's stand, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury asked the government to "introspect" whether its policies on the Dalai Lama and military exercises with the US and Japan had contributed to the tensions.
"All political parties expressed strong support for India's approach and also for the need for national unity," the official spokesperson said after the meeting. The statement underlined the need for diplomacy while also iterating support for Bhutan. "The importance of India and China to remain engaged through diplomacy was underlined... The unique nature of the very close and longstanding India-Bhutan relationship was recognised," the spokesperson said.