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Defensive BJP criticises PM

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | September 14, 2005 10:35 IST
Last Updated: September 14, 2005 12:41 IST


The Bhartiya Janata Party has strongly criticised Prime MinisterManmohan Singh's statement that whileParliament backed him on the nuclear agreement between India and United States,former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was against it. "I was surprised by his criticism,"Dr Singh is reported to have toldUnited StatesPresident George W Bush, during his half-hour meeting.

Speaking to rediff.com, Vijay Kumar Malhotra,BJP parliamentary spokesman, said that the statement of the prime minister was unfortunate.

"It is surprising and shocking thatDr Singh should have referred to Vajpayee's statement during hismeeting withPresident Bush. There was no need for doing so," Malhotra said.

He also disputed Dr Singh's claim thatParliament was behind him on the issue. "The matter was never put to vote orDr Singh would have known how many are in favour and how many against it. That would have made the Congress realize where they stand. The allies of the government also openly criticised the agreement but they did not speak against it in the House," he added.

Former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha was alsoquick todefend Vajpayee on Dr Singh's statement. "Internal differences are not to be carried abroad. But, unfortunately, he seems to have done it," Sinha told a private television network.

Congress leader and noted lawyer Abhishek Singvi jumped to thedefence ofDr Singh, sayingthat the BJP was a frustrated party and hence they were criticising Dr Singh to divert attention from their internal differences.

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