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Bush visit not shrouded in secrecy : Dasmunsi

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 2 (UNI) Asserting that India's interests were not being mortgaged to the US under pressure, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi today told the Lok Sabha that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would come to the House to explain what had transpired in his discussion with US President George Bush.

''The Prime Minister will find time to come to the House again and explain (the outcome of discussion). You then have the right to support, reject or censure him,'' he told members agitating over the visit of the US President to India.

Stating that there was full transparency in the UPA Government, Mr Dasmunsi said the invitation extended to Mr Bush to come to India was no secret matter. ''The Government believes in full accountability to Parliament.'' The Minister recalled the visit of the Foreign Minister of the then Soviet Union Andrei Gromyko to Delhi on August 1971 when he along with then Foreign Minister Swaran Singh had signed Indo-Soviet Treay. The House was then informed of the Treaty.

Refusing to divulge the details of the agreement reached between Mr Bush and Dr Singh as the House was in session, Mr Dasmunsi said the Prime Minster would do so when he comes to the House.

''I promise I will convey your sentiments to him,'' he assured the members.


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