Govt must seek confidence before going ahead on nuke deal: VP Singh

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New Delhi, Jul 15 (UNI) Terming the Indo-US nuclear deal against the national interest, former Prime Minister V P Singh today asked the government to get a trust vote in Parliament before proceeding further on the treaty.

In a statement here, Mr Singh said the deal would compromise the political freedom of the country of the country.

Demanding that the government must immediately call the Parliament and get a trust vote before proceeding further on the nuke deal, he said this was the demand of democratic propriety.

According to the provisions of the deal, either party can nullify the deal on one year's notice, he pointed out and said that in such an event India will have to return all the nuclear reactors and fuel supplied by the US.

After investing billions of rupees on reactor and fuel this would be a huge financial burden for the country which it could hardly bear. Since the country has not supplied any reactors or fuel to the US, India would not have anything to recall, he said.

''Further, the US President will be controlled by US national law the Hyde Act and will be compelled to follow it. If any action of India is at variance with the Hyde Act the US, President will be compelled to act. Our compulsion will be to keep the US always humoured,'' he said.

While there may be some economic benefits, the political freedom would be severely restrained.

''MPs and people should keep this in mind as to what cost we are signing the deal. To my mind, it is not in national interest to compromise on political freedom,'' the former Prime Minister said.

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