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BJP slams PM for 'mega fraud' on N-deal
Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru | September 13, 2008 15:07 IST
Stating that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh [Images] had perpetrated a mega fraud on the Parliament and the people of the country in the wake of the India-United States nuclear agreement, the national executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party moved its political resolution on Saturday in Bengaluru [Images].
The political resolution, moved by party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, states that the PM had misrepresented facts regarding India's right to conduct nuclear tests.
Dr Singh's arguments in favour of the deal stands 'exposed' in the light of the letter sent by the Bush administration to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the party. The BJP reiterated its stand that any "compromise on India's right to conduct a nuclear test is unacceptable".
The BJP claimed that if India is recognised today as a serious player in the field of nuclear energy, the credit goes to Pokhran II, which took place under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance regime.
The BJP maintained that the waiver granted by the NSG only worsens India's strategic interests. The voluntary moratorium on further nuclear tests, declared by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, now becomes a binding obligation under the waiver's conditions.
According to the resolution, India is still treated as a non-nuclear weapon state by the NSG and therefore will have to live up to all non-proliferation commitments prescribed for non-nuclear weapon states, including testing. Under the relevant NSG guidelines, every nuclear fuel state would have to consider whether the government's actions are supportive of nuclear non-proliferation, before making any transfer to India.
The BJP also criticised the PM for 'lying' in Parliament about the role of US inspectors in India's nuclear reactors. The BJP claimed that the 123 Agreement clearly stated that the reactors can be inspected by experts from the US and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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