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BJP set to oppose nuke deal, eyes Left support

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 14:06 IST
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The BJP on Tuesday decided to totally oppose the Indo-US nuclear treaty in Parliament, taking the support of the Left parties if necessary.

A resolution to this effect was passed in the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, presided over by leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha LK Advani. The party also decided to go ahead with its own resolution, if the Left parties, supporting the UPA government from outside, were either unwilling or reluctant to associate with the BJP, party spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra told mediapersons after the meeting.

"Opposing the treaty is necessary in the national interest - with or without the Communists," he said.

Prof Malhotra said the party also decided to raise the Bofors scandal after the sensational revelations by former Union Minister and key Rajiv Gandhi aide Arun Singh that "somebody certainly received kickbacks money in the gun deal."

The party will also raise the issue of permitting defreezing of the London bank accounts of the Italian fugitive Ottavio Quattrocchi, revelations about the Russian intelligence agency KGB's penetration into the key decision-making bodies during the Indira Gandhi regime as revealed by former KGB agent Vasilli Mitrokhin.

Other scandals like navy war room leak, and the Scorpene submarine deals will also not be spared.

The BJP parliamentary party's decision comes a day after Advani himself announced that the party would raise these issues in a prominent manner.

Advani, in his address to the party MPs, asserted that the BJP had proved itself as a real opposition in exposing the wrong deeds of the UPA.

"The double standards of Communists who wanted to occupy the opposition space have stood exposed," he said.

Prof Malhotra said the party would also raise the issue of the "obscene" portrayal of Hindu gods and goddesses in the textbooks of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).