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Govt to face resolution in House

Government puts up a brave face over BJP's plans to bring a resolution in Parliament against the nuclear deal.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 14:06 IST

Government on Tuesday put up a brave face over BJP's plans to bring a resolution in Parliament against the Indo-US nuclear deal on its own if there was no consensus on the issue with the Left.

"They (the BJP) have the right to do so. If they have the guts, let them do so. Why should we create obstacles? We will face it", Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi told reporters.

His comments came hours after senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said his party believed the pact was aimed at stifling India's nuclear programme and "not worth the paper it is written on" as a number of fresh conditionalities have been added to it by Washington.

"We are trying for a unanimous resolution and are in touch with different parties, including the Left. Parliament also should assert itself. But if no unanimity emerges, the BJP is determined to bring in the resolution on its own in the current session," said the former External Affairs Minister.

The proposed resolution, he said, would call for listing all the assurances that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made to the nation on the nuclear deal with the US.

Government has been consistently opposed to the idea of a Parliament resolution, also talked of by the Left, on the deal contending that it would affect its elbow room.

The Left parties are now talking of a 'sense of the House' statement from the Prime Minister or the Presiding Officer. CPI had last week dismissed suggestions of joining hands with the BJP on the issue.