Accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of betraying the nation by “continuous bluffing” on the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, NDA Convenor George Fernandes on Thursday asked him to resign saying that he had taken the country to the precipice where national security was concerned.
“After what he has done, he has neither the moral nor political right to remain in his position.His resignation should be demanded forthwith. If (President) Bush had not spilled the beans , everyone in the country, and specially those who have the responsibility of being ever prepared to defend the country, would be going into action with nothing that could take on the enemy,” the former Defence Minister stated.
Referring to the US official statement that the 123 Agreement would be terminated if India conducted a nuclear test, Fernandes said what the PM had believed to be a big secret between President Bush and himself had come out in the open.
Charging Singh with “playing games” with members of Parliament in his statement to both Houses on the issue on August 13, the NDA leader asserted that such a conduct was “unbecoming” of the head of the government.
“What Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has succeeded in doing is to strip our armed forces of the strength that was created by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government along with the support of APJ Abdul Kalam,” he said.