BJP political resolution silent on reviewing n-deal

September 13th, 2008 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyBangalore, Sep 13 (IANS) Criticising the nuclear deal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday said it favoured strategic partnership with the US and not “strategic subservience” but remained silent on reviewing the pact if it comes to power.The political resolution adopted on the second day of the three-day national executive meeting of the party here reiterated its opposition to the deal in its present form but did not spell out what it intended to do if it returns to power, as it is hoping to in the Lok Sabha polls due early next year.

The meet, which will conclude Sunday, is to finalise the party strategy for returning to power at Delhi.

The resolution, released to the media by party general secretary H.N. Ananth Kumar and spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, said: “The way the deal has been negotiated and what the government has accepted show the seeds of future discord between the two countries (India and the US).

“The BJP is for strategic partnership with the US but not for strategic subservience which is what the deal is about,” it said.

The resolution said BJP will not accept any compromise on India’s right to conduct a nuclear test.

Under the terms of the nuclear deal and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) waiver “any future test done in national interest would seriously impact nuclear commerce with any NSG member”, it said.

“This has serious security implications. The country has lost the power to develop credible minimum nuclear deterrence,” the resolution said.

Party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had told reporters Friday “the option to reopen the deal is always there. That is our consistent stand.”

On Jammu and Kashmir, the resolution demanded that “separatist elements in the valley including their patrons across the borders must be dealt with a very heavy hand. The BJP wants to make a categorical declaration that no part of India shall be allowed to secede.”

Referring to the row over land to the board managing the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, the party accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of surrendering to the separatists. It praised the Sri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti for its successful agitation over the issue.

“It was a conflict between the separatist and the nationalist and it is matter of assurance that the nationalist forces could force the reversal of the surrender before the separatist,” the resolution said.

On terrorism, the resolution asked the government to vigorously pursue in courts the case for continuing the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) which, it said, “wants to establish a Muslim caliphate in total defiance of our ideals of secularism, liberalism and democracy”.

The resolution said “the political integrity of the prime minister (Manmohan Singh) has come under serious cloud” in view of “patently dubious, corrupt and questionable methods adopted by UPA and some of its new-found allies to secure a majority (during the July 22 trust vote in the Lok Sabha).”

It said: “The only legacy of the UPA is a suffering and insecure India.”

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