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Country's top nuclear scientists take a dig at Left Front

Country's top nuclear scientists on Friday say who were the Left Front "trying to please".

india Updated: Aug 31, 2007 21:23 IST

Taking a dig at the Left Front on its stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal, country's top nuclear scientists on Friday posed a question as to who they were "trying to please."

Terming the Left Parties as "unreliable," Dr Homi N Sethna, former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), said "Left is always disruptive and whom are they trying to please?"

Left Parties have certain stakes both within the country and outside, he told PTI on the sidelines of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre's training school's 50th graduation function on Friday.

Ridiculing the formation of a committee to discuss the 123 agreement in relation to America's Henry Hyde Act, Dr K Iyengar, also a former chairman, AEC said "political committee of this kind can not come to any conclusion as they do not know the nuances of the deal."

"I wonder why a parliamentary debate was not held on the issue and instead a committee is set up to please the Left Front by the UPA government?," he quipped.

Meanwhile, former Chairman AEC and a member of National Security Council MR Srinivasan said "the Left Front does not seem to realise larger impact of the Indo-US deal."

Left should realise that it's an opportunity for India to have collaboration with other countries besides the US, Srinivasan said, adding if they (Left Front) were really interested in high GDP, they should allow the increase in the prospects for nuclear energy.

"Left seems to think that India is trying to be close to US while they should know even China and Vietnam are coming close to US," he said.

"So long as India is strong and the relations are maintained for mutual benefit," he said, adding "this is the best agreement both US and India could arrive at and even US wanted a better deal."

"But it is time for us to move forward," Srinivasan added.

First Published: Aug 31, 2007 21:18 IST