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Indian-Americans to persuade BJP, Left to accept N-deal

October 26, 2007 10:07 IST

Concerned over the opposition of the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement in India, a group of Indian-American community leaders are planning to travel to New Delhi and  convince the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left Front to accept the deal as it is in the best interests of both countries.

"Many of us are planning a trip to New Delhi in November to meet leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpai, L K Advani, Brajesh Mishra, Prakash Karat and others to exchange ideas," said chairman of the Dallas based US-India Forum, Ashok Mago.

The comments by former national security advisor Brajesh Mishra have ignited a new ray of hope among the supporters of the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, he said. Mishra had urged the Indian government to go ahead with the deal, saying, "The Clinton administration would not have offered such a deal."

The Indian-American community leaders will make the opponents of the deal aware about how difficult it was to get the bill passed in the US and such an opportunity may not arise in the future, said Mago.

"We love the country of our birth, but I doubt if Indian-Americans have the stamina to do it all over again. We will tell the BJP leadership that there would never be a better opportunity to show that you care more for the betterment of common people than party politics and are willing and ready to support the government on this issue. Such a step will enhance creditability not only among the masses in India but all over the world," Mago said.

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