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Manmohan had opposed nuke tests: Jaswant

"I have information that Singh, then FMin the Rao government, was opposed to the nuclear tests," says Jaswant.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 23:21 IST

Former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, who is in the midst of controversy over 'mole' in the PMO, on Sunday claimed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was opposed to Narasimha Rao government's plans to conduct nuclear tests.

"I have information that Singh, the then Finance Minister in the Rao government, was opposed to the nuclear tests and had cited financial problems which could arise due to the tests," Jaswant told Aaj Tak.

The BJP leader also asked the Prime Minister to reveal whether his opinion was sought on this issue or not. "If his opinion was not sought, then it raises a question. If the opinion was sought, what was his opinion".

Jaswant Singh, who had done somersaults on his remarks on naming the alleged mole, demanded that the Prime Minister should come up with a statement if he felt that there was no informer in the PMO.

The former External Affairs Minister said the Indo-US nuclear deal was nothing but 'a rebirth' of CTBT which Washington wanted New Delhi to sign.

"Today, the US is trying to impose that agreement in the bilateral agreement and trying to bring it in the form fissile material", he charged.