Mukherjee snubs CPI-M on nuclear doctrine
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 20:44
New Delhi: Snubbing the CPI-M in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said the country had rejected its nuclear doctrine which disfavours India having nuclear weapons but has no problems in China possessing the bomb.

"I know your nuclear doctrine. India has rejected your nuclear doctrine", the minister, who was fielded by the UPA to defend the government on the foreign policy debate, said while responding to the interruptions of CPI-M leader Basudeb Acharia.

Taking a dig at the former allies, Mukherjee said the Left party had advocated a nuclear-free South Asia, which effectively meant that India and Pakistan should not have a nuclear weapon, while China and others could have it.

Mukherjee was interrupted by Acharia as he asserted that India has no intention to sign the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and only legitimate fora for deliberating on the nuclear issues were International Atomic Energy Agency and Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

India, he added, has already got clean waiver from the NSG for civil nuclear cooperation with the world.

The Left parties, which withdrew support to the previous UPA government protesting against Indo-US civil nuclear deal, fared badly in the Lok Sabha elections.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009, 20:44

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