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Nuclear deal puts India on rocket path: Mishra

He compared the present deal to the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership (NSSP) launched when NDA was in power.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 22:31 IST

Terming the visit of United States President George W Bush as a "success", former National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra said the nuclear deal has put India on a "rocket path".

He compared the present deal to the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership (NSSP) launched when NDA was in power.

"The NSSP was a gradual affair which would have been over in phases and at the end of it we were not sure of getting fuel for our nuclear programme," Mishra, Principal Secretary to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said.

He said the nuclear deal clinched on Thursday has put everything together on a rocket path.

Mishra said perhaps the two countries did not understand the July last year that the deal would involve detail and complicated negotiation.

"Normally, you negotiate in advance and then you sign the agreement with the head of state ... Here it has been the reverse and therefore all this trouble and speculation," he told a Tv Channel.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that he would share details of the deal. "We have to wait for that."

He said the visit of Bush has been a success. "It has been a good visit," he said.

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said "we will demand the details of the deal and then give a reaction."

His colleague and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury said "if the UPA govt succumbs to US pressure on the nuclear deal they have to face consequences. It is obvious that they have to face consequences."

Former HRD Minister and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi too asked Singh to come clear on the nuclear deal.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 22:31 IST