The CPI on Friday alleged that the prime minister was misleading the nation on the Indo-US nuclear deal after former American pointsman to the deal Nicholas Burns said the 123 agreement was consistent with the Hyde Act and US could terminate the pact if India carried out nuclear tests.
"Our apprehension has come true with the statement by the former special envoy to US State Secretary on the Indo-US deal. The Prime Minister has misled the nation by making a statement that Hyde act will have no impact on the agreement," CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta told PTI.
Meanwhile, the CPI-M dubbed the comment by Burns, also the former Under Secretary of State of Political Affairs, as vindication of the Left stand.
The party leader in Lok Sabha Basudev Acharya said, "It vindicates our stand that Hyde Act cannot be separated from the agreement."
Acharya, also a party central committee member, said that India cannot escape the provisions of the contentious Hyde Act of the US, linking suspension of nuclear fuel supply to future atomic tests by India.
He told PTI the Hyde Act cannot be separated from the agreement and what the government was saying was not true.
"A number of times the prime minister and other union ministers have said that the Hyde Act has nothing to do with the agreement. What Burns has said is nothing new.
"Even the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has earlier made similar statement. But the external affairs minister of our country has not contradicted this," he said.