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Govt should reacted to Obama `snub` on Myanmar, Iran: BJP

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 18:35

New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday indicated that it may
demand a clarification from the government on why it did not
react to US President Barack Obama`s "snub" on India`s silence
over problems related to Myanmar and Iran.

"Obama snubbed India`s foreign policy towards Iran and
Myanmar during his address to Parliament and the government
did not react to it at all. The government could have spoken
on the issue today but lacks the capability to give quick
responses," a senior BJP leader said.
The principal opposition may demand a statement from the
government in Parliament on how it views Obama`s criticism of
India`s foreign policy vis-a-vis these two countries.

While giving positive vibes about India`s prospects of
joining an expanded UN Security Council, Obama had said that
with increased power comes increased responsibility but India
has often been seen as sighing away from expressing its views
on weakening of democracy in Myanmar and the stand of Iran on
several issues.

"Different governments in India have consistently
demanded that democracy should be restored in Myanmar and that
the leader (Aung San Suu Kyi) should be released. But that
does not mean we snap ties with that country," the BJP leader

It is important for India to maintain relations with
Myanmar as this helps keep China at bay from that country,
contain ULFA which had built training camps there earlier, and
also helps in administration of North-East states, feels the

Similarly, BJP feels relations with Iran are important as
it stands with India when most other Islamic nations are
"opposed" to it. US has been concerned about Iran`s growing
ambitions of becoming a nuclear power.

The main opposition was also not pleased with the manner
in which its leaders were "ignored or not given due
"Though Sushma Swaraj is Leader of Opposition in Lok
Sabha she was not invited to the dinner hosted by the Prime
Minister in Obama`s honour," a senior BJP leader said.

The party was also not amused that Congress General
Secretary Rahul Gandhi was seated at the high table with Obama
and US First Lady Michelle at this dinner though he is just an
MP. Former Deputy Prime Minister and BJP leader L K Advani and
senior members of the union cabinet were seated at other

"This was not a private dinner. The money was paid from
the taxpayers` pocket," a senior BJP leader said.


First Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 18:35

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