August 30, 2009 4:11:18 am
Commenting on the infighting within the BJP for the first time,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that whatever was happening within the party was not good. Singh also added that the present controversy over the Pokhran II nuclear tests was needless and unwarranted. Singh was talking to the media after inaugurating the new Mangala oil fields in Barmer,Rajasthan.
Following the inauguration,Singh left for Ramsar to inspect the NREGA work being carried out there. In any democracy,it is necessary for political parties to remain stable. Instability could affect the entire country, Singh said. He,however,preferred to remain tight-lipped over the Kandahar episode,maintaining that he was not involved in the issue.
About the recent controversy over the Pokhran II nuclear tests,the Prime Minister said,There is nothing in this issue,and nothing needs to be created from it. Dr A P J Abdul Kalam,then the scientific advisor,ratified that these tests were successful. We must have faith in Dr Chidambaram and Dr Kalam. He added that a wrong impression was being given by some scientists over the issue,referring to former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist K Santhanam,who claimed that the test results were below expectations.
Expressing concern over the drought scenario across the country,the Prime Minister called it a serious situation and assured that the government would increase the number of working days to over 100 under the NREGA. The drought has affected prices,but we have a sufficient stock of food grain. All efforts will be made to ensure that the below poverty line (BPL) families are not affected, Singh said. He also conducted an aerial survey of the drought-hit regions in the state. Rajasthan recently declared 26 out of its 33 districts as drought-affected and has requested Central assistance.
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