Heed Kalam’s view, let’s go ahead with n-deal: PM

May 10th, 2008 - 9:35 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday expressed the hope that the country would heed former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s advice on going ahead with the Indo-US civilian nuclear energy deal. “We hope the country will listen to the voice of wisdom,” Manmohan Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a civil investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening.

Kalam stated in an interview to IANS Friday that the country should go ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal as it does not compromise the country’s sovereignty. “If at any time there was a fear that national security would be compromised by going ahead with the deal, we can at any time withdraw (from it),” he had added.

The former president, who was then chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was among a handful of scientists who were at the nuclear explosion site at Pokhran on May 11 and 13, 1998.

Ten years later, Kalam - who was later elected head of state during the government of then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee - believes the five nuclear tests carried out in the Rajasthan desert had been the right decision and said they were among the most memorable moments of his career.

The prime minister’s observation comes when the Left parties have mounted pressure on the government to dump the deal.

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