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Nothing historic about Indo-US Nuclear deal: BJP

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New Delhi, Mar 6 (UNI) Stating that there was nothing 'historic' in the Indo-US Nuclear deal signed between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George Bush, the BJP today said there were more losses than gains for India.

BJP Parliamentary Party Spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra said the agreement discriminated against India by imposing many conditions on it that were not faced by any other nuclear weapon state. "The BJP will give our detailed reaction after details emerge, but from whatever details that have emerged the deal has diluted Indian interests,'' he remarked.

He said the US wanted to have all the nuclear facilities under the civilian programme, leaving none of the 22 facilities for the defence application. Earlier, six nuclear facilities were under international safeguards and now after this deal the number has gone up to 14, he said. There were voices in the US which wanted to bring Fast Breeder Reactors under the international supervision.

He said the BJP would go with the national interest on the issue and would not be guided by the partisan interest.

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