BJP warns UPA against US centric foreign policy

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New Delhi, Jun 1: The BJP today cautioned the UPA government against its US centric foreign policy and dumping its ''oldest and most intimate ally, Russia.'' Besides, the party expressed serious concern over China's 'tone and posture' in the past few months on Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, saying China's attitude was completely contrary to cordial relations.

Accusing the UPA of not being serious towards national security, it said the government was not presenting the true picture before the country in regard to China's overtures on Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. In his presidential speech to the two-day National Executive, BJP president Rajnath Singh deplored the UPA's foreign policy over the past four years, saying ''One no longer sees the same warmth as earlier with Russia, which has been one of our oldest and most intimate allies.'' Alleging that the policy towards China had been mortaged to the Left Parties, Mr singh said the government was willing to ignore every activity of China and ''China feels assured that despite its incorrect posture, the Left Parties will not allow the government to adopt any negative stand against it.'' Dubbing India's relationship with the US as centric to just one issue of Nuclear Deal, the BJP president said the government had not cleared the 'doubts' in the minds of the people in regard to the deal till date. Similarly, it had failed to take up a stand on Iran issue and properly lobby India's candidature for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council.

Whether it was Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Nepal, the policy towards neighbouring countries was deplorable, he said adding that the Manmohan Singh government's approach towards Tibet issue was 'far from satisfactory.'

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