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India should backtrack from disrespectful US deal-Rajnath

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Ranchi, Apr 11 (UNI) BJP national president Rajnath Singh today said that India should reject the ''disrespectful'' US nuclear deal if it was not accorded the same status and facilities as China.

Addressing a news conference here Mr Singh said, the '' deal has already come under the cloud of doubts and suspicion. Though India has not signed nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) or Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and is free to conduct more nuclear tests in its national interest, the US deal will restrict us from doing so. The deal will also not fulfil our nuclear energy needs and at most can provide only six per cent of our total requirement.'' ''If under the deal India is given all the facilites at par with China then only we should go ahead otherwise it is better to reject this disrespectful deal. As a sovereign country we can not ignore our security interests and the strategic equilibrium of our region.

This should also be kept in mind that we have faced wars with China and Pakistan in the past,'' the BJP president said.

Lambasting the UPA government for its handling of nuclear issue Mr Singh alleged that the scientists of the country were also agrieved at the Centre's policy. '' During the NDA regime, we made the people and scientists feel proud but in the UPA rule the sceintists were quite neglected,'' he asserted.

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