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'Indian-Americans should get N-deal approved'

Several lawmakers have asked the Indian-American community to launch a massive effort to get the pact approved.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 19:16 IST

As the Bush administration vigorously pitched for Congress support for the Indo-US nuclear deal, several lawmakers have asked the Indian-American community to launch a massive effort to get the pact approved but cautioned that it will not be easy.

"I not only intend to vote for it but also work for it," remarked Congressman Tom Lantos at an event on Capitol Hill featuring Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns, Deputy Chief of the Indian mission in Washington Raminder Singh Jassal, The US-India Business Aliance, The Indian-American Community Leaders and the Congressional Task Force on US-India Trade.

It was not for the first time that Lantos was sending the message to New Delhi of the need to be careful and conscious of the environment in Congress.

Extreme care must be taken about "substantive" and "symbolic" acts, the Ranking Democrat on House International Relations Committee said in an apparent reference to Iran.

The Indo-Iran relationship has created a flutter on Capitol Hill, the latest having to do with reports of India training Iranian Navy which have been rejected by both the Indian government and the US State Department.

Lantos said that passage of the civilian nuclear agreement is on top of the agenda but that "it will not be easy," a theme emphasised by other speakers at the event.

"This can be done. But it's going to take a lot more," remarked Frank Pallone, the Founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans.

He also asked the Indian-American community to set up a "war room" and launch a massive effort to get the draft legislation on the deal through Congress.