Terrorism remained important subject during NDA regime: Sushma
“PM failed to convince own party president Sonia Gandhi”
Murli Manohar Joshi’s letter to PM addresses NPT and ENR issues
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party remains “unconvinced” and “disappointed” with the responses of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee on issues arising in the discussion on foreign policy matters on Wednesday and Thursday in the Lok Sabha.
After staging a walkout of the House on Thursday, BJP veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi told reporters that he had shot off a letter to Dr. Singh on issues that have come up as a result of the G-8 L’Aquila statement clubbing the signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and making available enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technologies.
Mr. Joshi’s charge was that the government had deliberately remained silent on this development that threatens to undo what the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) clean waiver to India had presumably done.
Party spokesperson Sushma Swaraj continued to tilt at the India-Pakistan joint statement issued at Sharm-el Sheikh, saying that the party remained unconvinced despite interventions by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House, and charged that Dr. Singh had “also failed to convince his own party president Sonia Gandhi.” She said she drew this conclusion from a reading of Ms. Gandhi’s address to the Congress parliamentary party on Thursday.
Ms. Swaraj said that while it was true that the National Democratic Alliance government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee had continued to talk to Pakistan despite Kargil, the Parliament attack, and a host of other major terrorist strikes, “terrorism remained an important subject in the composite dialogue.”
She said her party was not convinced about “delinking and debracketing” action against terror and the composite dialogue.
Throughout the NDA regime, India had resisted and did not allow Balochistan to be raised by Pakistan as a bilateral issue. Ms. Swaraj wondered why concern about a stable Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the joint statement was not balanced by a concern for a strong, stable and secular Republic of India.
Mr. Joshi’s letter to the Prime Minister draws his attention to consistent and repeated U.S. attempts to make India sign the NPT, and to deny it sensitive nuclear technologies related to ENR, despite the clean waiver by the NSG to India.
Mr. Joshi argued that some members of the G-8 are also important NSG members, and having become signatories to the L’Aquila statement, they cannot act different as NSG members.