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N-deal is a master-slave charter: Jaya
August 07, 2007 18:49 IST
Maintaining that the civilian nuclear deal with the United States was against India's sovereignty, former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday urged the
Centre to constitute a committee of MPs, scientists and patriotic citizens to examine the various clauses of the agreement.
The Union government should take further action on the agreement only after the above committee gave its findings, she said in a statement.
"To protect the sovereignty of India, any agreement with other nations must have the approval of two-thirds of MPs of both the Houses and the Constitution had to be amended accordingly," she stressed.
"But the Union government is functioning with the idea that no debate on this subject should be allowed in Parliament and also that no such debate should ever be permitted even in future."
Jayalalithaa said there were deleterious clauses in the deal working against India's sovereignty particularly those related to the country's research centres, atomic power processing, atomic power plants and the disposal of atomic waste after use.
"All those would come under the supervisory control of the US as well as the powers of inspection and gathering of information pertaining to India's nuclear capability," she said.
"Thus America has positioned itself as a master issuing the order vis-a-vis the agreement ordering India to 'do this, adopt this method, don't do that' etc," she claimed.