LJP chief backs N-deal,criticises Left for opposition

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Patna,Jul 14 (UNI) Lok Jansakti Party(LJP)chief and Union Steel and Fertiliser Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today described as 'political opportunism' the joining of hands of the Left with the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) to stall the nuke deal.

Speaking to newsmen here on his return from a week-long visit to attend the 'International Dalit Muslim Conference' at New York, Mr Paswan reiterated his party's 'total and unconditional support' to the Indo-US nuclear deal and to the scheduled trust vote of the UPA government in Parliament on July 22.

Taking a dig at the role of the CPI(M) led Left parties, the LJP chief said till recently all other parties looked up to them for support but now they were looking towards other parties--the BSP as well as the BJP--for support on the floor of Parliament to dislodge the UPA government. He also hinted at the ''double standard'' of the Left parties.

Flaying the BJP for opposing the deal, Mr Paswan wondered about the 'rationale' behind their 'blind opposition' to the treaty which they had supported earlier.

He also ridiculed BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for describing the proposed deal as 'anti-Muslim'.

''She should now remember her visit to Gujarat after the Godhra incidents when she even shared the same dais with Mr Narendra Modi forgetting the cause of the minorities,'' Mr Paswan fumed.

He, however, pointed out that in the present era of coalition politics apart from the UPA and the NDA, the relevance of other parties to head a government had been minimised.

Highlighting the positive aspects of the nuke deal and describing it as in 'national interest', Mr Paswan said in the long run it would fulfil India's stupendous energy demand.

''In the backdrop of limited availability of coal and petroleum products, nuclear energy can be the real cost effective alternative for the people of the country,'' he opined.

He also categorically denied that the deal would enable USA to interfere in the country's defence system by being allowed to inspect defence related reactors at will.

''Enough safeguards has been taken by the concerned authorities before going to the IAEA or NSG,'' he stated.

Later he left for Aurangabad to take part in a health related programme, organised by the Steel Authority of India Limited(SAIL).

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