BJP demands voting on N-deal in LS
The party sends a notice to the LS Speaker seeking a vote before India signs the pact, reports Shekhar Iyer.Full text of the 123 dealHighlights of N-deal draft
Declaring its opposition to the just concluded Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, the BJP has sent a notice to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee seeking a vote in the House on the issue when Parliament’s monsoon session begins on August 10.
BJP’s deputy leader VK Malhotra said on Sunday that “We have made the request to the Speaker to take up a discussion under Rule 184, which ends with as a vote.”
Plan to corner Left
The BJP’s strategy is to force the Left to come out against the deal, as well, though the two Communist parties have reserved judgment till completion of their discussion with experts.
Malhotra said the BJP couldn’t accept the agreement, as it does not address its concerns regarding India's strategic programme. The Prime Minister is to inform Parliament about the deal when the session begins.
VP joins anti-deal chorus
Former Prime Minister V P Singh also sought a mechanism wherein signing of all international treaties would require prior approval from Parliament. He said the draft 123 agreement to operationalise the Indo-US nuclear deal was a "charter for dependence on the US" which gave Washington "unfettered" rights to terminate the pact and seek return of all material supplied by it.
Singh demanded that the government make public the financial viability of use of nuclear power and the percentage of energy requirement it would fulfill in the future.
"Currently, nuclear power comprises just three per cent of the total power produced in the country. I have been told by experts that this figure would go up to seven per cent once this deal is operationalised," he said.
Singh said the deal would make India dependent on the US for uranium supplies for power plants.