Rao first asked to prepare for nuke tests: Kalam
Nagpur: Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on Tuesday revealed that former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao had asked him to make preparations for nuclear tests,
which were subseuqently conducted (at Pokhran) during the NDA
government, headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Kalam was addressing the probationers at the National
Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT) here.
The former President said that in May 1996, he had
received a call from Narasimha Rao asking to meet him at the
"When I met Rao, he asked me to proceed with the
preparation for testing of the nuclear bomb. Subsequently, his
(Congress) government lost power and when Vajpayee took over,
Rao revealed the plans to him (Vajpayee). He also asked me to
share the details with Vajpayee," Kalam said adding, "Later in
May 1998, India conducted nuclear tests."
Kalam added that both the leaders had great courage
to go ahead with the plan.
In 1995, Rao had decided to carry out the nuclear
tests, the plans that were reportedly halted after American
satellites picked up signs of preparations for testing at
Pokhran. It was said that the then American President Bill
Clinton exerted pressure on Rao to stop the preparations.
Finally, on 11 and 13 May 1998, during Vajpayee`s
tenure as the Prime Minister, India conducted the tests.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- India- America joint military exercise begins in Ranikhet
- Exclusive: This is what Kashmir's stone pelters have to say!
- India to activate laser walls on LOC to stop infiltration
- Panel discussion on 'Most Favoured Nation' status India accorded to Pakistan in 1996
- Former bureaucrat BK Bansal commits suicide along with his son at Delhi residence
- SETBACK! Sedition case against 200 Congress workers for shouting 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans during rally for Uri martyrs
- Did Arvind Kejriwal tweet in favour of Pakistan over Uri attacks? Here is what Twitter says
- Rameez Raja picks all-time XI - Three Indians, but just one Pakistani make it to the list
- This Hindu-dominated village in West Bengal is not allowed to organise Durga Puja as Muslims don't want it
- As Pakistan gloats over hosting 70 Russians, 250 Indian Army soldiers renew bonds in Vladivostok