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Reject N-deal offer, BJP tells Govt

Charging US with shifting goalposts in the deal, BJP says it aims at ending India's nuclear weapons capability.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2006 21:06 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Charging Washington with shifting goalposts in the nuclear deal, main opposition BJP today said the Act passed by the US Congress aimed at "capping, rolling back and eventually eliminating" India's nuclear weapons capability and asked the government to reject it.

"The BJP demands that the government reject the Act passed by the US Congress instead of accepting the humiliating conditionalities contained in it," senior party leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie told a a press conference.

Noting that the Act "seriously compromises" the independence of the country's foreign policy, Sinha, who was the External Affairs Minister in the NDA government said the principle of parity on which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had placed so much emphasis, stood abandoned.

Asked if the party was demanding Singh's resignation, he parried a direct reply saying he expected a detailed statement from the Prime Minister in Parliament and demanded debate in both the Houses.

To a specific question whether BJP would join hands with Left parties in pressurising the government, he said "there is no question of joining hands with this party or that party. We demand full discussion in Parliament."

He rubbished as "nothing but a misleading propaganda" the accusation that the deal was initiated during NDA regime, and that too when he was heading the Foreign Ministry between July 2002 and May 2004. "We were nowhere near the deal (that time)," he asserted.

First Published: Dec 10, 2006 18:43 IST