'Nuke deal to 'jeopardise' India's self-reliance'
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today alleged the Indo-US agreement would 'jeopardise' New Delhi's self reliance in nuclear energy.india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 04:44 IST
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday alleged the Indo-US agreement on "credible minimum deterrent" and a US bill to amend its Atomic Energy Act would "jeopardise" New Delhi's self reliance in nuclear energy.
He also charged the US government with making India sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) through the "backdoor".
The Indo-US agreement on "credible minimum deterrent" signed recently would empower President George W Bush to decide the fate of Indian nuclear programmes, including reactors and nuclear strategy, Joshi, who came to attend the Rajasthan BJP functionaries meeting, said.
"A US bill on the Atomic Energy Act, 1954, being discussed in the Senate is actually a waiver bill to empower President Bush to take decision on Indian nuclear programmes on certain conditions, which are still not known," Joshi claimed.
"If this bill gets passed, then India would have to take the Bush administration permission for every step in nuclear programmes including the energy programmes like fast breeder reactor and thorium-based reactor," he charged.
"It would be in the hands of the US President whether to issue a certificate to India for any such nuclear programme in future," he claimed.
"India's self-reliance in nuclear energy would be jeopardised and we would be dependent on the US President's whims and fancies," Joshi alleged.
"Even the Prime minister is not making any statement or reply to the letters of mine and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee...The Foreign Secretary is making superficial statements," he said.