BJP, Left consider Indo-US nuclear deal as blind trap

October 2nd, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Oct 2 (ANI): After the approval of the Indo-US nuclear deal by the US Senate today, ending a three-decade long ban on nuclear commerce with India, opposition parties to the deal have accused Manmohan Singh Government of forcing India into a blind trap and finally acceding to the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “The government has gone for a blind trap knowingly and can”t get out of it. We have acceded to the nuclear non-proliferation regime with the Indo-US nuclear deal.”

“The deal has been done at the cost of the country’’s sovereignty and nuclear independence, Rudy said, and added, It’’s a time to worry but the Congress bosses are going tom-tom on their sense of pseudo-achievement.”

The BJP alleged that only history will tell the consequences of the deal and its “negative impact” on our sovereignty.

Ruddy also said, During 38 months of negotiation, the Prime Minister could not clarify even once about the deal’’s influence on our nuclear test, while the American side has been amply clear that any test after the deal would be a big no.

The Left, who had opposed the deal and withdrew from the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not kept his promise and by-passed the Parliament on the issue.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader M.K. Pandhe said, “The Prime Minister gave assurance in the Parliament that after the deal is ratified by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and adopted by the US Congress we will come to the Parliament, get its approval, and then sign the deal,

But the government has already decided to sign the deal on the 4th of this month. It clearly indicates that the government does not want to get the deal approved in the Parliament,” Pandhe added.

The US Senates approval comes four days after the US House of Representatives passed the agreement by a clear majority (298-117 votes).

Last month, the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) of countries that supply nuclear material and technology agreed to lift the ban on civilian nuclear trade with India after contentious talks and some concessions to countries fearful it could set a dangerous precedent.

India has refused to sign non-proliferation agreements and has faced a nuclear trade ban since its first atomic test in 1974.

As per procedure, after the Congressional approval and clearance by the Senate the US President will sign it into law. (ANI)

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