VP Singh to launch mass movement against nuke deal

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New Delhi, Sept 13 (UNI) Giving a call for mass movement against the Indo-US nuclear deal, former Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cannot enter into an international treaty impacting on the country's security and soverignty without taking Parliament into confidence.

Addressing a press conference after holding a conclave on the issue-'Indo-US Nuclear Deal:Implications for Democracy and Soverignty' here, Mr Singh said the matter was very grave and people must be informed about the nature and consequences of the 123 Agreement and the Hyde Act.

''We need intellectual output, scientific facts marshalled in a simple way to inform the people about about the reality,'' said Mr Singh.

He called upon all political parties to come together to oppose the deal, as ''it was a fight for the independence of the country.'' Later, he released a resolution passed at the end of the conclave calling upon the people to reject the 123 agreement and also express their rejection by holding countrywide demonstration on the Gandhi Jayanti day on October 2.

The declaration said that the participants in the conclave endorse the views expressed by the three retired judge that the executive cannot act indepedently of Parliament, so the Union Government should obtain ratification by Parliament before going ahead with implementing the deal.

The resolution took exception to the Prime Minister's ''attitude that he is under no obligation to meet the concerns of the opposition in regard to an agreement with a foreign country.'' It said the 123 agreement read with the Hyde Act infringes no only upon a vital area of national economy and national security embedded in the Atomic energy, but also limits the country's foreign policy choices.

The resolution also called for prioritising the energy security of the country, and exploiting all indigenous options before going for any imports.

''The nation has paid a heavy price first in Tarapur, then in Dabhol. No Government has the right to leave the future generation at the mercy of the suppliers of fuel,'' it said.

''We therefore call upon the people of the country to reject the 123 agreement and to launch an agitation if the Government coninues to ignore Parlaiment and pursues the Agreement,'' it added.


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