Nehru died six years before NPT, Pranab reminds Advani

July 21st, 2008 - 6:10 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday reminded Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani that India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had died in 1964 and, therefore, was not in a position to give his views on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which came into force only six years later. Advani, while criticizing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government’s nuclear policy during the parliament debate, had argued that there was a shift from the strong opposition that Nehru had for the NPT.

“Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru died in 1964 and the NPT came into force in 1970,” Mukherjee said in reference to the Leader of Opposition’s remarks. “A dead man cannot express his views on a treaty that came into force after his death.”

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