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BJP accuses PM of betraying nation on Indo-US nuke deal

"Government had earlier claimed that the deal is very important for meeting the power requirements of the nation",Said Rudy.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
June 28, 2011 10:21:53 pm

Claiming that the Nuclear Suppliers Group had ‘reneged’ on its waiver on nuclear fuel supply to India,BJP accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of betraying the nation on the Indo-US nuke deal and asked him to clarify how it is beneficial to the country.

“This is an important issue which also has a historic background. We believe that the historic waiver given to India by the Nuclear Suppliers Group now stands punctured…. We want a clarification from the Prime Minister on the Indo-US Civil nuclear deal which he had gone on his knees to sign,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

He maintained that the NSG has “reneged” on its promise made after the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal was signed and is now insisting that for any ENR- Enrichment and Nuclear Reprocessing- the beneficiary country has to be a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

BJP alleged that the Prime Minister has not just “betrayed” Parliament- where he had said the nuke deal is beneficial to India- but also “misled” the nation. The opposition will raise this issue in the monsoon session of Parliament.

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Rudy said that in 2008 when the “historic nuclear deal” was signed between US President George Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,the government had claimed that the deal is very important for meeting the power requirements of the nation.

“It was said that by 2015,we would produce 15,000 MW energy,and 30,000 MW by 2030. It was said that two lakh of the six lakh Indian villages,which do not have power today,would get it,” Rudy said.

The opposition maintained that the Agreement was signed with the US after the UPA government got it passed and ratified by Parliament,though Left parties withdrew support and the NDA opposed it strongly.

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