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Third Front for voting on Indo-US nuclear deal

UNPA indicates that it will seek a discussion and voting on the issue in Parliament, reports Hemendra Singh Bartwal.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2007 03:13 IST
Hemendra Singh Bartwal
Hemendra Singh Bartwal
Hindustan Times

Expressing strong opposition to the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, the UNPA indicated on Thursday that it would seek a discussion and voting on the issue in Parliament.

"We strongly oppose the Indo-US nuclear deal which amounts to total surrender before a foreign power.It will have very damaging consequences in the future…It is a very dangerous agreement under which we will be completely enslaved," stated Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at the conclusion of a meeting which was attended by all the member parties of the alliance.

He said the UNPA had decided to raise the issue in a big way in Parliament and outside to inform the people how the UPA Government had "mortgaged" their interests with the US.

"In our view, our government is unable to assert itself. The US may decide from now on whom we have to support and whom to oppose.This is a deviation from the policy of non-alignment that was followed by Jawaharlal Nehru," TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu said.

The UNPA wanted a debate followed by division of votes on the issue so that all the parties came out clearly with their stand on the issue, according to him.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesman Prakash Javedekar, while explaining his party’s stand on the issue, said, "The PM has displayed shocking disregard to public opinion by declaring the 123 Agreement non-negotiable. It is not the deal but India's sovereignty, which is non-negotiable."

And the CPI view is that in the era of coalition politics, Singh does not have the right to say the last word.

First Published: Aug 10, 2007 03:06 IST