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Congress hits out at the BJP on nuclear deal

The Congress? attack comes ahead of the BJP?s national executive, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 21:46 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress took a cue from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s dig at the BJP during the nuclear debate in Parliament by "condemning" the main Opposition’s "double-speak" on the issue and its effort to "mislead" the nation with its allegation that the deal compromised the country’s foreign policy.

"The Vajpayee government had virtually agreed to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty,’’ alleged spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan. She pointed out that the 123 agreement to be negotiated will be in line with the July 18 agreement and the prime minister’s assurances in Parliament.

The Congress’ attack comes ahead of the BJP’s national executive where the main Opposition is expected to lambaste the ruling coalition over the deal and raise its own pitch on nationalism.

Reacting to queries, Natarajan said unlike the Left, which has been consistent in opposing the US and the nuclear deal, the BJP has changed its stand.

She claimed that the passing of the US law relating to the deal was a step forward in ending India’s nuclear isolation, increasing the her energy security and placing her as an equal partner among the nuclear powers without compromising her foreign policy, national interest or soveignity.

First Published: Dec 20, 2006 21:46 IST