Though CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat has said the Left cannot accept the new US law on the nuclear law, the BJP is not counting on the Communist parties to corner the government on the issue.
Going by the past experience when the Left refused to go along with the BJP on a parliamentary vote on the issue, senior BJP leaders said they would not have truck with the CPI(M) or CPI.
“We will oppose the deal on our own and for the reasons we see it needs to be opposed,” said former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha. The BJP believes the Left’s opposition to the deal cannot go beyond registering its opposition and not to scuttle the agreement with the US.
The BJP, on the other hand, has openly asked the government to cancel the deal because of the conditions that will be imposed on India to curb its nuclear research programme.
Senior BJP leaders met at the residence of former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee on Sunday to discuss the implications of the Act passed by the US Congress.
Later, in a statement, they said the Act militates against full civil nuclear cooperation with India. Other points made by them include:
• Certification, reporting requirements continue to be rigorous;
• There is no assurance of uninterrupted fuel supplies even for our civilian reactors;
• India cannot reprocess the used fuel nor can it ship it back to the US unless the US Congress approves the reshipment;
• The moratorium on the production of fissile material remains a key US objective;
• India has been expressly forbidden from nuclear testing in future even of the kind permitted by the CTBT