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BJP opposed to Indo-U.S. nuclear deal, says Joshi

Monday 18 December 2006

Staff Correspondent

"PM should address objections raised by scientists"

BHOPAL: The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Murli Manohar Joshi said here on Sunday that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should address the objections and issues raised by scientists regarding the U.S. Act on Indo-US Nuclear deal.

Addressing media-persons here, Dr. Joshi said that it was unfortunate that important technical issues regarding the Indo-US Nuclear deal were discussed

without involving the scientists. He went on assert that the "normal" bureaucrats would not understand the intricacy of US law.

Dr. Joshi said that the Nuclear deal was an effort to end for ever this country’s nuclear programme.

It does not guarantee perpetual supply of enriched uranium, he said adding that if the deal gets through, the energy policy of this country would be at the mercy of U.S. and all our nuclear programmes would be open for international scrutiny.

Thorium technology

Dr. Joshi said that India is ahead of the world in thorium technology. Details of this technology would have to shared under the US law.

On being asked to spell out BJP’s stand on the nuclear deal, Dr. Joshi said: "it would be rejected once the BJP comes to power."

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