Rao government had N-bombs ready: Rajnath
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Rao government had N-bombs ready: Rajnath

The BJP president says the nukes were ready in Rao's government, but they could not be tested due to foreign pressure.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 22:14 IST

BJP chief Rajnath Singh has said that the PV Narasimha Rao government had prepared the ground for conducting a nuclear test and the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government only executed an already existing plan in 1998.

"The nuclear bombs were kept ready under the Rao government. They were not manufactured during our government's tenure," Singh told a party rally in the Capital.

"The Rao government shelved its plan to conduct tests at the last moment under foreign pressure but when the nuclear scientists approached Prime Minister Vajpayee, he gave them a go ahead to conduct as many nuclear tests as they wanted to. So five nuclear bombs were tested," the BJP chief said.

The BJP chief also refuted claims made by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in his book In the Line of Fire that the Kargil conflict forced India to initiate talks on Kashmir and other issues.

"The Vajpayee government had forced Musharraf to give an undertaking in 2004 that Pakistan will not support cross-border terrorism. The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government should remind the Pakistan president of this undertaking and put on hold all confidence building measures till Pakistan mends its ways," Singh said.

Launching the BJP's nationwide campaign on the issue of the national song Vande Mataram, the party chief demanded a constitutional amendment to include the act of singing and paying respect to the national song in the charter of the fundamental duties.

"The act of paying respect to the national anthem and national flag are already covered under this charter. Now the UPA government should also include the national song in this category," Singh said.

First Published: Sep 25, 2006 22:14 IST