Pranab to make statement on N-deal
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Pranab to make statement on N-deal

The Govt decides to make statement in House following BJP's calls for rejection of the US legislation on nuclear deal.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 12:57 IST

With main opposition BJP pressing for rejection of the US legislation on civil nuclear deal with India, the government on Monday said External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee would make a statement on the agreement in Parliament.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi made the announcement close on the heels of BJP demanding rejection of the agreement.

Seeking to play down the saffron opposition, Dasmunsi said, "like global warming, it is political warming".

Having a dig at BJP, he said the saffron party was for closer ties with South American countries like Venezuela, led by staunch anti-US President Hugo Chavez, and not the USA.

Dasmunsi saidDecember 18 and 19 have been reserved for a discussion on the deal and advancing of the date depends on other businesses of the House.

First Published: Dec 11, 2006 11:10 IST