In a joint statement issued here on Thursday Sep 4, morning, senior party leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie said: "It also fully vindicates the position taken by the BJP on this deal from day one. In this letter, the Bush administration has once again reiterated all that they have been saying on the nuclear deal since the beginning. We cannot blame the Americans for misleading India. It is clearly the Manmohan Singh Government which has deliberately and knowingly misled the people and the Parliament of India on this deal."
They further went on to say that it was now crystal clear that India will lose the right to nuclear tests forever as a result of this agreement.
"There is also no doubt any more that this deal does not contain any binding commitments by Americans and others regarding fuel supplies and on transfer of technology which this government has been falsely proclaiming for the last three years. It is clear now that the deal will be terminated and all supplies will be stopped the moment India goes in for nuclear tests and all materials supplied to it will have to be returned," they both said.
"These conditionalities have been staring us in the face all along. It is only the Manmohan Singh Government which has been concealing them. The Prime Minister has given assurances to Parliament which he knew were false. His ministers and officials have indulged in a farce which is unparalleled in our diplomatic and parliamentary history. Such a government, which has survived in office on purchased votes of MPs, has no business now to continue in office even for a day. With his falsehoods nailed once again, Manmohan Singh must resign here and now and fresh elections held," they demanded.
Clarifying once again that the BJP's opposition to the deal was fundamentally different from that of the Left Parties, Sinha and Shourie said: "We are for friendly relations with the US, we are for strategic partnership with the US but we are against this unequal deal."
"We also feel that the future of this deal should not be decided by a President in the US who will not be returned to office and a Prime Minister in India who may not be returned to office. The deal should be left to be renegotiated by future governments in both countries," they concluded.