CPM charges UPA govt. of "underhand deals" with US nuclear firms

UPA, CPI(M)New Delhi, Sept 20 : The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday charged the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government with striking "underhand deals" with US nuclear firms to buy reactors even before the 123 agreement has been clinched.

The CPM alleged that India had put in about Rs three lakh crore to "bail out" the ailing American nuclear industry.

The CPM politburo, in a statement, expressed its opposition to "these underhand deals struck by the UPA government" and demanded a cost-benefit analysis by an independent body before key decisions are taken regarding energy policy in the country.

UPA Government rules out bringing back POTA

India CongressNew Delhi, Sep 18 : The United Progressive Alliance Government today once again ruled out to bring back POTA to fight terrorism, saying that it was a draconian law.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunshi told reporters that POTA was against the human right and there is no question of re-enactment of the same law, which was misused in the past.

He said that the existing law to deal with terrorism is strong enough and if necessary, additional provisions will be added to further to strengthen it.

UPA’s softness on terror compromising national pride: Modi

UPA’s softness on terror compromising national pride: ModiBangalore, Sept 13 : Accusing the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of being soft on terror and of following “minority friendly” policies in dealing with the menace, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that his government is determined to carry on the battle “both against terrorists and against those who prevent us from fighting terror.”

India reserves right to conduct nuclear tests: says Anand Sharma

Congress & BJP LogoNew Delhi, Sept 4 : The Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) charge of having surrendered the country’s right to conduct nuclear tests to the United States.

The Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma while terming the BJP’s charges as preposterous said, “India reserves its right to conduct nuclear tests under the 123 Agreement.”

The government was forced to issue clarification after details of the letter sent by the Bush administration to the US Congress were revealed.

`UPA Government will not go beyond its commitment to Parliament,'' says Pranab on nuke deal

Pranab MukherjeeNew Delhi, Sept. 4 : External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that the UPA Government was not in a position to go beyond its commitment to Parliament on the US-India civil nuclear cooperation deal, even as an atmosphere of uncertainty prevails over India getting a waiver for nuclear commerce from the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

In an interview to All India Radio, Mukherjee said that there was no room for speculation and that the Government would wait for the outcome of the two-day deliberations before initiating the next steps to have the deal operationalised.

UPA Government stands totally exposed on US-India nuke deal: BJP

UPA & BJPNew Delhi, Sept. 4 : The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said that the release of the letter sent by the Bush administration to Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 16 this year, by Rep. Howard L Berman, the present Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, completely exposes the Government of India and the fraudulent claims it has been making about the merits of the US-India nuclear deal.