Staff Correspondent

Ananth Kumar says India’s security has been compromised

‘NDA will oppose nuclear deal in Parliament’

‘Country vulnerable to hostile external forces’

HASSAN: “The Manmohan Singh Government stands thoroughly exposed before the country for compromising on India’s security interests,” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader H.N. Ananth Kumar, MP, has said.

He told presspersons here on Friday that proceeding with this deal would limit India’s sovereignty and make its civilian nuclear programme vulnerable to U.S. blackmail. The BJP and its National Democratic Alliance partners would oppose the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal tooth and nail in both houses of Parliament during the session starting on October 17.

Mr. Ananth Kumar, who described the deal as a “death sentence” to India and its people, said the country would never forgive the United Progressive Alliance Government for this act. He charged the Centre with having misled the Parliament on the issue. He said India, with its Pokhran tests, had announced its arrival on the global nuclear stage. When the country had now developed sophisticated weaponry and technology, subjecting all nuclear reactors to periodic inspections was a retrograde step. He said India was a constitutionally declared sovereign republic, and steps should be taken to prevent external forces from dictating terms to its leadership. Mr. Ananth Kumar said India’s neighbours such as Pakistan and China had their own nuclear weapons and were not in any way prevented from testing them. With this nuclear deal, the country had effectively put a stop to its own growth and made itself vulnerable to hostile external forces. The BJP was “preparing hard” for the coming parliamentary elections, he said and expressed confidence that his party would emerge victorious.

Mr. Ananth Kumar said the party was also preparing for the elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi. He expressed confidence that the BJP could easily come to power in Jammu and Kashmir too. He said the party would also win the byelections in Karnataka as the people were aware of the “good governance” offered by it. He said that in the recent Assembly elections in the State, the people had rejected the Congress and the Janata Dal (S). The Opposition should accept the people’s mandate and not try to destabilise this Government.