Modi govt showed unnecessary desperation for NSG membership: Cong

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2016 17:45 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the SCO summit in Tashkent on Friday. (PTI Photo)

The Congress asserted on Friday that the central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, showed unnecessary desperation for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership that embarrassed the country in the end.

“Diplomacy is always done by wisdom and silence. We have never seen diplomacy being conducted in this manner, making it very clear whom are you are lobbying with and whom you are petitioning with,” senior Congress leader and Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma told reporters at the party headquarters.

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“It is an embarrassment for India to do what was not required. This kind of intense lobbying by Prime Minister Modi and his government, we can understand, should have been done for UN Security Council membership,” Sharma said insisting there was no need to show desperation that led India to be equated with Pakistan in NSG case.

“Why did the Prime Minister and this government make so much of noise about it and kind of hectic campaigning and lobbying for it? In 2008, NSG had given India specific waiver which allowed India’s integration with the Nuclear mainstream after decades of isolation,” he added.

That agreement Sharma said paved the way for India to enter into agreement with United States of America. He added that India specific IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) agreement allowed India to also trade with NSG Countries.

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“NSG countries can sell reactors to India and India can do the same. So there was no need of this desperation on NSG issue,” Sharma said.

He added NSG membership would not have brought any drastic change to India’s nuclear trade.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Modi’s foreign policy has “completely failed” and he needs to explain what he does on his “foreign jaunts”.

Slamming Modi, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia tweeted: “For its defeat on the NSG issue, shouldn’t the PMO be questioned which is only focused on weakening state governments? Is there anyone to question or is everyone busy?”

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