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BJP asks PM to clarify how nuke deal is beneficial to country

delhi Updated: Jun 28, 2011 21:41 IST

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BJP on Tuesday said with the Nuclear Suppliers Group reneging on its waiver on nuclear fuel supply to India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should clarify how the nuke deal- which he had "gone on his knees" to get from the US- will now be beneficial to the country.

"This is an important issue which also has a historic background. We believe that the historic waiver given to India by the Nuclear Suppliers Group now stands punctured.... We want a clarification from the Prime Minister on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal which he had gone on his knees to sign," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

He maintained that the NSG has "reneged" on its promise after the Indo-US civil nuclear deal was signed and is now insisting that for any ENR- Enrichment and Nuclear Reprocessing- the beneficiary country has to be a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

BJP said that in 2008 when the historic nuclear deal was signed between US President George Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the government had claimed that the deal is very important for meeting the power requirements of the nation.

"It was said that by 2015, we would produce 15,000 MW energy, and 30,000 MW by 2030. It was said that two lakh of the six lakh Indian villages, which do not have power today, would get it," Rudy said.

The opposition maintained that the Agreement was signed with the US after the UPA government got it passed and ratified by Parliament, though Left parties withdrew support.

"The BJP had then called the Agreement- signed at midnight- as the "midnight deceit".... We had said the government has compromised on the strategic autonomy of the country and the country has been betrayed," Rudy said.

Rudy insisted that since this matter is directly related to the PM, now is the time for him to clarify his position.

"When the Nuclear Bill came up in the US House of Representatives and changes were made, the PM said this is the House draft. Then when it came to the US Senate, he said we will get the changes made when the two Houses meet. But the Bill was passed in that form," he said.

He accused the Prime Minister of not just "betraying" Parliament but also "misleading" the nation.

Rudy said India had signed bilateral treaties with Russia, France and US for nuclear supply but now these countries were also mum on the issue.

"Even the last feather in the Prime Minister's cap- he barely has much- which was the Indo-US nuclear deal, seems to be falling off his hat," Rudy said.

He alleged that India had made a lot of concessions when the agreement was signed.

"The recent meeting of NSG has taken a complete U-turn and said categorically that if there is no NPT there would be no ENR for any country," he said.

This would affect countries like Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and India which have not signed the NPT and are nuclear powers.