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VP Singh demands white paper on Indo-US N-pact

Former PM VP Singh demanded a white paper on India's nuclear pact with the United States.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 21:07 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Former Prime Minister VP Singh on Tuesday demanded a white paper on India's nuclear pact with the United States to remove all doubts and confusion regarding the deal.

"A lot has been written about the nuclear pact leading to doubts and confusion among people which should be cleared through a white paper," he told reporters in Basti (UP).

Unlike the US where the President had to take nod of the Senate on important matters, nothing was binding on government here and "people have a right to know the truth", Singh, in town to participate in a farmers' convention, said.

On plight of farmers, he said a meeting would be held in Lucknow on May 30 to highlight their problems and demand setting up of Development Council for them.

The meeting was intended to send a strong signal that farmers were now united to guard their interests, the former Prime Minister said.

The condition of farmers had come to such a pass that they were now committing suicides in different parts of the country, he said adding successive governments had favoured industrialisation neglecting farmers' interest.

On the power situation in Uttar Pradesh, he said erratic power supply had hampered growth and development in the state.

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh, who also spoke, stressed the need for unity among farmers and asked big farmers to guard the interest of poor ones.

On the Meerut inferno, he demanded lodging of FIRs against all those who were guilty besides toning up of the law and order machinery in the state.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 21:07 IST