'N-separation plan a surrender to US'
BJP says the deal will result in a gap in fissile material for weapons purposes.india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 22:00 IST
The BJP on Sunday accused the UPA Government of "surrendering" to the US on the nuclear separation plan.
The saffron party said the deal would result in a gap in fissile material for weapons purposes.
Jaswant Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, told a news conference in New Delhi that "it is our view that the Government has surrendered on two important counts."
"The separation plan , reportedly drawn up by the Government, will result in two-thirds of the nuclear power plants being placed under IAEA safeguards."
Clearly, this will result in a gap on the fissile material available for weapons purposes," Jaswant Singh said.
But the former External Affairs Minister said questions needed to be answered whether India risked losing its nuclear autonomy by agreeing to place "two-thirds" of its nuclear power plants under international safeguards.
The BJP leader alleged the Government also "surrendered" to the US by agreeing for "perpetual safeguards" on civil nuclear reactors, a condition he claimed did not apply to nuclear-weapons states.
He said the Government must confirm that "safeguards in perpetuity" would be locked in with fuel supply for the same length of time.
Singh demanded the Government explain whether India now stood bound under the agreement to put all new imported reactors and fuel under IAEA safeguards.
He said BJP welcomed the advance in India's strategic ties with the US and said it was the NDA Government that had initiated the process of a strategic cooperation with the world's only superpower.