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‘India has nothing to lose’

India is said to have been barred from conducting tests

‘Deal will jeopardise country’s internal security’

MANGALORE: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) observed a “black flag day” in the city on Saturday to protest against the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal, supposed to be signed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The signing of the deal did not go through as announced. It has been put off.

‘Truth is out’

Addressing the party workers here, its district secretary B. Madhava said: “The truth is now out.

A string of top U.S. officials, including Condoleezza Rice, have confirmed that the nuclear deal between the two countries will be off if India decides to carry out nuclear tests.”

‘Misleading people’

Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh he said: “The Prime Minister and leaders of the Congress party have been constantly misleading the people about the nuclear deal.”

Sovereignty at stake

The country’s sovereignty had been compromised by the deal. It would be interesting to know what the Prime Minister had to say, now that the truth was out, he said.

Imapact

Stating that certain tenets of the 123 agreement and the overriding influence of the Hyde Act would put the country’s foreign and defence policy in a tight corner for as long as the deal was in operation,

Mr. Madhava said: “India has everything to lose with this agreement while America will gain another military base to help further its imperialist aspirations.”

He said that an American military strain in India would severely and adversely alter the fragile geopolitics of the Asia Pacific region.

Misconception

“But, despite the monstrosities that the deal is going to wreak on the country and the region, it is amazing how the Prime Minister and the Congress party are seeing the deal as an emblem of their victory,” he said.

‘It is a decoy’

Mr. Madhava said that the reason for the jubilation in the Congress party was that the deal itself was never the sole objective of the party.

“The deal is just a decoy. The main aim is to pave way for a Indo-U.S. strategic alliance by which the U.S. will have more direct participation in the internal affairs of the country,” Mr. Madhava said.

Power generation

He rubbished the argument that the nuclear deal would allow for a capacity increase in power generation in the country.

“The country will be able to add only 20,000 MW of electricity through nuclear power, as and when generated, and even that will take as long as 2020 to fructify,” Mr. Madhava dded.

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