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Nuclear deal to be key poll plank: Cong

india Updated: Jul 26, 2008 20:15 IST

Congress on Saturday said that the Indo-US civil nuclear deal would be one of the key poll issues during the next Lok Sabha elections.

"As every section of the society is in favour of this deal, the Congress will again come to power with thumping majority," Congress general secretary Margaret Alva, who is also party's incharge of Haryana affairs, said addressing party workers in Panipat.

She alleged that the BJP and other opposition parties played every trick to oppose this nuclear deal during the debate on vote of Confidence in the Lok Sabha.

"The vote of confidence has ended the political instability after the Left Parties withdrew its support to the government and the Congress led UPA government has emerged stronger" she said.

Meanwhile, addressing mediapersons in Ludhiana on Saturday, Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said that the country was now heading for a "secure energy future" after the Indo-US Nuclear Deal gets materialised.

"The parliamentarians from across the political divide and the millions of Indians had overwhelmingly supported the nuclear deal and appreciated the Congress stand to risk the government in the national interest," Tiwari said.

In Panipat, Alva praised the leadership of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, saying that the state had been taking rapid strides in every field and the state was on the threshold of becoming number one state in the country.

Appealing for maintaining unity in the party, she exhorted the party leaders and workers to reach to the people with the message that the policies and programmes of the Central as well as State government were aimed at the progress and prosperity of Appealing for maintaining unity in the party, Alva exhorted the party leaders and workers to reach to the people with the message that the policies and programmes of the Central as well as State government were aimed at the progress and prosperity of the society.

In his address to the party workers who had gathered from Karnal and Sonepat, Hooda came down heavily on the BJP for "lowering the honour and dignity of the esteemed house (Lok Sabha)".

The chief minister claimed that the nuclear deal was in favour of the country's interest as it would help in meeting the energy demand of every sector of economy in future.

"The BJP was in favour of the civil nuclear deal with USA yet it opposed the signing of the deal by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the BJP wanted that the deal should be finalised and signed by the BJP President LK Advani on his becoming the Prime Minister. All its hopes of destabilizing the Central government and grabbing the power dashed to the ground when UPA Government easily won the Confidence motion in the Lok Sabha," he said.

Hooda termed BJP as "Bahoot Jhoothi Party" which was "always trying to come to power in the name of Ram Mandir or Ram Setu". "Now, its policies have been exposed when it joined hands with its arch rivals during voting on vote of confidence motion even when it was not averse to the signing of the nuclear deal," he said.

BJP has been maintaining that it will "re-negotiate" the deal if it comes to power after next elections.

Hooda listed various development and welfare schemes launched by the Congress led UPA Government in the centre as well as the Haryana for various sections of the society including the farmers, schedule castes, students, women and other poor people.