India: US desperate to save Bush Jnr's shonky nuclear deal, even at risk of Manmohan Singh Govt Print E-mail

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‘US using threats to push deal’

New Delhi, Nov. 1: CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan on Thursday said that Washington was resorting to “allurements, threats and sometimes even blackmail” to pressurise New Delhi to go ahead with the nuclear deal. “I am amazed that a host of diplomats, high officials and ex-officials are rushing to India to put pressure on the UPA government and (the Opposition) BJP. Never have I seen so many [of them] rushing to India to persuade to do something,” he said.

This, he suggested, shows that the deal is more in the interest of the US than India. The past few weeks have seen US President George Bush call Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice speak with minister of external affairs Pranab Mukherjee.

The US ambassador to India, Dr David C. Mulford, met with the Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani, foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon, former national security adviser Brajesh Mishra and former foreign secretary Shyam Saran, who is also the Prime Minister’s special envoy for the nuclear deal. Mr Mulford also travelled to Kolkata for talks with West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya. US treasury secretary Henry Paulson and Mr Henry Kissinger, a former US secretary of state, have come calling too. Mr Bardhan was categorical that the nuclear deal should not be operationalised. “The government should not go to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” he said, adding that the CPI National Council, which met in New Delhi on Tuesday and Wednesday, endorsed the party’s stand on the nuclear deal and authorised it to take appropriate action in consultation with the other Left parties.


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