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Indian-Americans to persuade BJP, Left parties

india Updated: Oct 26, 2007 11:26 IST

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Concerned over the opposition of civilian nuclear deal in India, a group of Indian-American community leaders are planning to travel to New Delhi to convince the BJP and the Left parties to accept the deal as it was in the best interests of the two countries.

"Many of us are planning a trip to New Delhi in November to meet leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpai, LK Advani, Brajesh Mishra, Prakash Karat and others to exchange ideas," Chairman of the Dallas based US-India Forum, Ashok Mago told PTI over telephone.

The comments of former national security advisor, Brajesh Mishra, has ignited a new ray of hope among the supporters of Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, he said referring to Mishra's recent interview in which he had asked the leader to go ahead with the deal saying "Clinton administration would not have offered such a deal."

The Indian-American community leaders would make the leaders, opposing the deal, aware about how difficult it was to get the bill passed and that the similar opportunity may not be there in the foreseeable future, he said.

"We love the country of our birth, but I doubt if Indian-Americans have the stamina to do it all over again. We would ask BJP leadership that there would never be a better opportunity to show that you care more for the betterment of common people than party politics and are willing and ready support the government on this issue. Such a step will enhance creditability not only among the masses in India but all over the world," Mago said.

Mago and his organization were instrumental in lining up the large Texas Delegation in the House of Representatives and the Senate to vote for the Hyde Act that was passed by the Congress late last year.