Hooda defends Indo-US deal; raps critics

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Jind, Jun 21 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today strongly came in support of the Indo-US nuclear deal and criticised those who were opposing it.

''Nuclear energy is the need of the country and it requires fuel for which 123 nuclear agreement is essential,'' he said while addressing Congress workers at Uchana in Jind district.

Without naming any political party the Chief Minister said. The welfare of the country cannot be achieved until and unless the politicians rise above party politics and selfish interests.'' He said France was a developed country and it generated maximum of its energy needs from nuclear energy.

He said under the dynamic leadership of UPA Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the UPA government had created a history by waiving agricultural loans of farmers to the tune of Rs 71000 crore.

Mr Hooda said the Congress has its own ideology which laid stress on politics based on ethics and issues. He also said the party workers were the backbone of Congress and it was their duty to propagate the policies and programmes of the government to public.

He made it clear that those leaders who left the Congress for one reason or the other, were again welcome in the party. He urged the Congress workers to work with misssionary zeal for the betterment of people.

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