BJP calls for ‘immediate resignation’ of UPA government

September 4th, 2008 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday called for the “immediate resignation” of the Congress-led UPA government for “misleading” the nation on the India-US nuclear deal and said it would move a privilege motion in parliament if the demand was not met.Addressing a press conference with party leader Arun Shourie by his side, former foreign minister Yashwant Singh said: “We demand that the UPA government has no business to remain in office and it should resign immediately.”

“If they fail to do so, we want parliament to be called immediately, perhaps in a week’s time so that the privilege motion can be moved against the government,” he added.

The BJP leader referred to a report that appeared in the Washington Post quoting a letter from the US State Department to the US Congress in which it categorically said that all nuclear commerce with India would be immediately halted if it conducted a nuclear test.

“This and other facts were deliberately hidden by the Congress-led coalition government and the Bush administration. If they were revealed before the trust vote of July, the government would surely have been defeated,” Sinha said, a short while before the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries were to begin meeting in Vienna to consider India-specific exemptions.

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