Vote in favour of nuclear deal: India's youngest MP

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Shillong, Jul 14 (UNI) With Indian parliamentarians divided over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, country's youngest MP Agatha K Sangma, has urged her fellow policymakers to vote in favour of the deal.

''India, as an emerging nation has always believed in maintaining good relations with her neighbours and the deal is not meant for arms race,'' Ms Sangma told UNI here yesterday.

Ms Sangma is the youngest daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP leader Purno Agitok Sangma. She was elected to the Lok Sabha on an NCP ticket from the Tura seat in Meghalaya.

She said the civil nuclear deal with the US was also aimed at ensuring clean power and energy. It would meet India's growing power requirements, she added.

Iterating NCP's support to the Indo-US civil deal, Ms Sangma said, ''The deal in itself is not compromising on our security and defence or bilateral relations with any nation.'' On the Left's withdrawing support, Ms Sangma claimed that even the Communist parties were ''not against the nuclear deal'' but were against inking of the deal with the US. ''They (Left) want to strike a deal with Russia and China. But India cannot do so with China. We are competing with our immediate neigbour. Not only that, we cannot strike with China because of its political sensitivity,'' she said.

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