Citu vouches for some changes in Indo-US nuke deal

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Kolkata, Sep 19 (UNI) The Centre of Indian Trade Union(CITU) today demanded that some clauses of the Indo-US nuke deal be changed before the agreement.

'' We are not totally against the deal, but have some reservations about some clauses, which are against the interests of the country and these should be changed immediately, '' CITU state president Shyamal Chakraborty told a rally, organised to protest the deal and the joint naval exercise with the US.

He said the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre was campaigning that the deal would solve the power shortage problem of the country and ensure energy security.

Mr Chakravarty strongly advocated that the country could attain power sufficiency sans the nuclear deal.

He alleged that the US was resorting to dual policy with China and India.

The US had signed 123 agreement with China and admitted them as the nuclear power nation while ruling it out to India. Because the US had announced that those countries, which had tested nuclear bomb before 1967, would be declared the nuclear nation, he added.

Since the Congress-led UPA is the minority government and the Left was extending outside support, the Congress could not take the decision alone, he averred.

He said, '' Under the new framework for the US-India Defence relationship, signed in June 2005, we have built a compelling case for defence co-production and industrial participation and projects in India, and have established a new defence procurement and production group under the Cabinet-level Defence Policy Group. '' He said the recent joint exercise with the US had been severely protested by the people of the country because this would pave the way for the US to take control of the Indian soil, water and sky.

He said the CITU would observe September 19 as ''anti-Indo-US nuclear deal'' day all over the country.

UNI

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