Govt not to backtrack from pursuing with nuke deal: Singhvi

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Kolkata, Sep 23 (UNI) Asserting that nothing would deter the UPA government from pushing ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi today urged the Left parties to come out of their ''idelogical blindspot'' while assailing the BJP for its ''hypocrisy and opportunism''.

''Nothing can deter the government from pursuing with national interest by engaging each and every constituent. If this process continues, I have no reason to be pessimistic (about the government's future), but if it does not we will cross the bridge when it comes to it,'' he said at a programme on 'Indo-US nuclear deal'.

Stressing that the national interest was of supreme importance, Mr Singhvi said the Left parties, opposing the deal from ideological considerations, must realise that there was nothing absolute in international relation and shed their inhibition about the US.

''The Left has a unique advantage of being least touched by casteism, criminalisation and corruption. But what is absolute is only the national interest and you can not have a blindspot on ideological consideration,'' he added.

Observing that it was a ''mismatched conception'' that the Hyde Act would influence the 123 Agreement to curb India's nuclear sovereignty and prevent it from carrying out nuclear testing, Mr Singhvi lashed out at the BJP for being ''hypocrite''.

''It is sheer hypocrisy on the part of the main Opposition to allege that we have bartered the right to nuclear testing by implementing the agreement. It is the same party which gave in writing in the United Nations in 1998 and 1999 that India would put a permanent and voluntary moratorium on such tests,'' he said.

Ridiculing Leader of the Opposition L K Advani's demand to refer the agreement to a joint Parliamentary committee, Mr Singhvi said never in the past was any Indian treaty placed in Parliament for approval.

''This is opportunism...the government debated the issue five times in Parliament which it did not require to do and every paper in this regard was placed in the House. Their (Opposition's) object is only to confuse and complicate the issue in accordance with their political convenience,'' he said.

In reply to a question, the Congress spokesman denied that the government was in a ''tearing hurry'' to operationalise the agreement, and said it was rather slow in moving with the process to maintain transparency.

UNI

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