BJP accuses UPA Government of bartering national interests

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Kullu, Dec 5 (UNI) Former deputy Prime Minister L K Advani today accused the UPA Government at the Centre of bartering its interests to the US over the nuclear deal, saying that the party which was not in a position to safeguard its national interests had no right to continue in office.

Addressing a rally here, he said while the NDA Government carried out the nuclear explosion at Pokhran, the present government at the centre was at the threshold of giving an undertaking to the US that it would not carry out any nuclear explosion in future.

''The government that is not in a position to safeguard its national interests had no right to continue in office,'' he said.

Mr Advani said the Jan Sangh had passed a resolution in 1964 that whenever they would come to power they would pave the way for the manufacturing of a nuclear bomb.

''When the BJP came to power under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, we carried out a nuclear explosion on May 11, 1998. The party had envisioned this in 1978.'' He said the politics of vote bank had divided the country.

''The party usually does not follow those ideals and policies that are against its own interests.'' Referring to the failure of the central government to punish, Afzal Guru, the main accused in the Parliament attack case, he said despite being sentenced by the courts he had not been hanged due to the policy of appeasement of the minorities.

What is even more shameful is that even after the families of the soldiers, who had laid down their lives during the attack, returned their medals, the Congress did nothing to assuage their feelings, he said.

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