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NSG waiver another surrender, thunders Karat

September 07, 2008 18:15 IST

Describing India's bid to gain the Nuclear Suppliers Group waiver as "another surrender", the Communist Party of India-Marxist on Sunday said its fight against the Indo-US nuclear deal was not over and it would work now to see a new government in power which would terminate the 123 Agreement.
"Our political battle is here and not in Vienna [Images] or Washington. Earlier we withdrew support on this issue and we are now fighting against this ruling coalition. The struggle to rescind or reverse this deal is agreement is not over. After the next elections, our goal will be to see that the new government take step to terminate the 123 Agreement.... We will work for this," CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat [Images] told reporters in  New Delhi [Images].
Karat said his party had told the Congress to take the people's mandate before going ahead with operationalising the deal, for which the UPA Government has "converted its voluntary moratorium on nuclear testing into a multi-lateral commitment".
India would not get any better terms from any other country supplying nuclear fuel or reactors as all of them would now align with the 123 Agreement, Karat said.

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