New Delhi, Apr 28 (UNI) Asking the UPA Government to desist from expediting the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal, the BJP today severely criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, alleging that he consulted nobody, not even his External Affairs ''before setting out on this contentious and highly questionable course''.
The Prime Minister took neither the political parties nor Parliament into confidence before committing the country to the ''grave consequences of this deal,'' former External Affairs Minister and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Jaswant Singh said, briefing newspersons on the party's stand on important current foreign policy issues.
In the hard-hitting statement, the party dubbed the Prime Minister one who has been in surrender mode both at home and abroad on vital issues of the national interest. ''Survival in office has been his sole mantra. The weakness and paralysis in decision making that are his hallmark are evident in foreign policy as much as in other spheres. His record of four years is littered with one failure after another on all fronts,'' the party said.
Charging the UPA Government with eroding the credibility of the country and gravely compromised its security, it claimed that India's strategic space, enlarged significantly under the NDA regime, had ''shrivelled disastrously'' during the UPA Government.
The party also accused the PM of treating the nuclear deal as a matter of personal prestige. It said the Prime Minister made reckless statements on the issue, and ''yet lost no time in beating an instant retreat when faced with opposition from the props of his own government.'' Besides he was responsible for reducing the India-US relationship to a ''singe-issue'' (Nuclear deal), it said.
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