Cong blames Left, BJP for attempts to undermine India's case at NSG

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New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) Charging the Left and the BJP with forming an 'unholy alliance," the Congress today said they were raising opposition in one united voce against the Indo-US Nuclear deal at the eleventh hour to undermine India's case and spirited defence globally to get a clean waiver from the NSG.

"While India is fighting minimalist but potential international opposition at the international fora, putting its best foot forward, we have a strange and sorry spectacle of the Left and the BJP working in tandem and uniting to undermine India's case and spirited defence globally,"AICC Spokesman Abishek Manu Singhvi told mediapersons.

He said in a democracy there was time to oppose. " When the democratic process gives result, you should take the result sportingly. This is not in the dictionary of both the BJP and the Left." Dr Singhvi said it was strange that the Left Parties, which opposed the first nuclear test in 1974 under the Prime Ministership of Indira Gandhi, and the BJP, which conducted the second test in 1998, were united for short term opportunistic political games."We believe this is the political opportunism at its worst. " On the reported communication sent by the Bush Administration to the US Congress saying that it would not sell sensitive nuclear technologies to India and that the US would end the agreement if India went for a test, he said "it is laughable that a communication between two branches of the US government can change the terms of an international treaty like the 123 agreement. " In this context, Dr Singhvi said hundreds of letters might have been exchanged between different departments of the US and India in regard to many other treaties in the past too. "Had those letters changed the text of the treaty." He said communication between two departments in India was of no consequence to the US. The same was the case with the communication of two departments of the US to India.

"It is nothing but an artificial storm in the non-existing tea cup. It was only for sensationalism and spread misinformation." On the allegation of the BJP that the right to test was compromised, Dr Singhvi said "There is no fetter or limit to India's right to test. But testing is not necessary on a daily or weekly basis. India had tested only twice in 40 years.

He said India did not sign the NPT or CTBT because they were discriminatory. It did not mean that India would be an irresponsible nuclear power.

"In our nuclear journey for 40 years, India had not even a single rogue omission in handling nuclear power. That is India's track record." UNI SH RR UCS1953

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