In an effort to send a strong message across political parties which are vehemently opposing the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, former Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) scientists say they should not be allowed to hijack the agreement.
In view of the country’s ever increasing energy needs and to end the 33-year-long nuclear isolation, the importance of the deal has to be understood by the people and it should not be allowed to be hijacked by the opposition and the political parties supporting the UPA government, the scientists have said in a statement.
They condemned the opposition and the Left parties for questioning the integrity of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the civilian nuclear deal.
“Indo-US cooperation on the civilian nuclear programme and the agreement is now being called a ‘deal’ and our prime minister is being targeted as if he has made some underhand ‘deal’ with the US,” the statement said.
“Some political parties, including ones supporting the government, are doubting the integrity of the prime minister and this is a matter of national shame,” said the statement signed by A K Anand, former director, Reactor Projects Group and Technical Coordination.
“The Opposition is talking of the Hyde Act and saying that if India carries out a nuclear test in future, all nuclear cooperation will end. But we do not even know if at all and when, in the distant future, a test will be required by the nation,” it added.