Govt should apologise for misleading Par on nuke deal: CPI

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New Delhi, Sep 25 (UNI) The Communist Party of India (CPI) today said the resolution adopted by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, forwarding the 123 agreement to the upper house of the US Congress for its consideration has once again made clear that the UPA government has been misleading Parliament and the people of India on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The Senate Committee has reiterated that the Hyde Act would remain supreme not only for cooperation with the US but with any Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) member country.

The violation of the Hyde Act or any other US law would be used by the US to terminate the nuclear agreement with India and prevent other NSG members not to supply fuel, reactor or technology to the country.

Through the NSG waiver, India has already accepted the ban on access to technology for enrichment and reprocessing as well as surrendered its nuclear autonomy by converting the unilateral moratorium on future testing and R and D into a multilateral commitment.

In such a situation, the UPA government should immediately abandon the disastrous course of operationalising the 123 agreement, a CPI release issued here said.

Besides, the Central secretariat of the CPI urged the UPA government, particularly Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to tender an apology for misleading Parliament and the people of India on ''such a vital issue that involves our sovereignty, nuclear autonomy and energy self-sufficiency,'' the release added.

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