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N-deal in national interest, says Lalu

india Updated: Aug 14, 2007 23:27 IST

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The Indo-US nuclear deal is in national interest and would help meet the country's power requirement, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad said on Tuesday. <b1>

"The deal is not putting any kind of curbs on us. We can always break away from the pact if it does not favour us," said Prasad on the sidelines of a book release function here.

Ruling out any interference from the US in India's nuclear programme, the RJD chief said "the deal was discussed threadbare with our allies before signing and there should not be any apprehension about it".

About Left's opposition to the deal, the Minister said, "they have their own view, the BJP has its view. Even the US is facing opposition from within for the deal."

"There is a need for generation of more power in the country. We are purchasing power at Rs 5.50 per unit for railways," he said, adding that the civilian nuclear agreement was a right step towards meeting the country's future power requirement.