Lashing out at the left parties Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Sunday asked them to refrain from commenting on the importance of an independent foreign policy with regard to the nuclear deal.
“There is no scare in the UPA camp over the nuclear issue. The deal is a must for the country and we'll go ahead. But it is wrong to club it with country's foreign policy,” he said adding that the country's independent foreign policy was framed by great leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru.
“The Left need not teach us about the independent foreign policy. The Congress knows it better than anyone else," he said. The Defence Minister said the nuclear deal was a "must" for the country "because we need to get nuclear energy for several nuclear stations in the country.
The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has 45 countries and it includes China, Russia and several other countries and the deal has no India-specific provisions.
"The Left parties have their right to express their opinion and it is our wish that they too support this nuclear deal," he added. Antony was here to meet veteran leader K.Karunakaran who celebrated his 90th birthday the other day.