Washington, Jun 13: Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath, who is on US visit, expressed hope that at some point of time a political consensus would be reached over the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. "We are trying to arrive at a broad political consensus and that is what we have done," Nath said while participating in a talk show on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary celebrations of the United States India Business Council (USIBC).
Kamal Nath further said that it is not only an energy issue, but also a great tribute to India's outstanding record in management of nuclear capability. "We are moving forward...People have apprehension... There are angularities across the world and in the Indian political system. We are moving toward a political consensus inch by inch. I don't think it has been put away and I am confident that at some point we are going to arrive at this political consensus within India and that's the best way to do it," he added.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stated that the deal would open up new possibilities of cooperation not only with the US but also with other nuclear powers like Russia and France.
Dr Manmohan Singh said that without the Indo-US nuclear deal, trade in dual technologies could not become a reality and it is "very important for us to move forward to end this nuclear apartheid that the world has sought to impose on India".
The Left parties, which extend crucial outside support to the government, have been strongly opposing implementation of the deal with the US, arguing that it would compromise the country's security interests and independent foreign policy.
Left parties have warned the government of serious consequences if it implemented the deal and the two sides are currently engaged in talks to end the deadlock.