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N-deal will undo UPA govt: Yashwant Sinha
September 13, 2007 13:40 IST
The controversial Indo-US nuclear deal will undo the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and lead the country towards early elections, former External Affairs Minister and BJP vice president Yashwant Sinha has said.
"The Hyde Act mentions Iran in at least three places. It is not an accident that India voted thrice against Iran. The Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline is not progressing and our relationship with Iran is down in the drains," he added.
Observing that the 123 Agreement was worse than the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which India had refused to sign, the former foreign minister pointed out that the deal was aimed at generation of only 20,000 MW, at the rate of Rs 10 crore per MW.
"Instead of spending Rs two lakh crore for the 20,000 MW nuclear power, India should utilise the potential of cheaper and less polluting options like hydel and wind power," he said, adding that the Himalayan region had the potential of generating as much as 1.5 lakh MW of power per year, with Arunachal Pradesh alone having the potential to generate 50,000 to 60,000 MW.
The nuclear isolation after the 1974 nuclear test had resulted in the development of a three-stage programme that will eventually make the country energy-independent and strategically superior.