Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 14
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other Congress MPs on Wednesday left the meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on defence before time after demanding an urgent discussion on the security scenario in respect of the Line of Actual Control, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The discussion was not granted with panel chairman Jual Oram telling Gandhi that the listed agenda for the day was “Review of the working of containment boards”.
Defence Secretary and DG Defence Estates appeared before the committee to brief on the functioning of cantonment boards.
Panel sources said Gandhi heard the agenda briefing and when his turn to speak came he demanded that the committee be given a briefing on India’s security situation in the wake of developments along the LAC, actions of the Taliban post US announcement of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the situation with respect to Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir.
“Don’t waste our time discussing cantonment boards. We want a briefing on the security issues,” Gandhi said in the meeting, walking out before the meeting concluded.
Sources said Oram told Gandhi that agenda items were pre-decided and circulated to members in advance.
Oram also told the former Congress chief to put up his topics for acceptance in the agenda and they could be taken up after the approval of the committee.