'BJP's N-deal remarks a case of sour grapes'

Having tried and failed over many years to secure the agreement, they are suffering from a case of sour grapes, Congress said.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 17:31 IST

The Congress has dismissed Atal Behari Vajpayee's criticism of the India-US civil nuclear deal and emphasised the need for continuity and "bipartisan support" for the country's foreign policy.

"Such criticism is most unfortunate. In matters of foreign policy, there should be continuity and bipartisan support," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

"It is regrettable that having tried and failed over many years to secure the agreement, the BJP is suffering from a case of sour grapes," he said.

Singhvi said, "The very fact that there is intense opposition to the deal from sections within the US Congress as well as from Pakistan demonstrates and establishes the pro-India nature of the agreement."

Earlier, Vajpayee hit out at the India-US civil nuclear deal, saying that the country was in the dark about the cost of separating its civil and military nuclear facilities.

He said that the Indian nuclear capability had been built indigenously brick by brick, and warned that New Delhi would pay a heavy price by closing its options on the size of its credible minimum deterrent.

Referring to the draft of the Waiver Authority Bill introduced in the US Congress, Vajpayee said, "According to the bill, the waiver will be granted by the President when India meets the seven conditions mentioned in the bill.

"The least the government should do is to insist that these should be an all-time waiver by the US President as in the case of China," Vajpayee said in a hard-hitting two-page statement.

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 17:31 IST