7/12/2008 12:31:54 PM
Jayalalithaa says instead of the N-deal, govt should focus on controlling inflation and rising fuel prices
The trust vote is 10 days aways, but pressure is building on the UPA government, and the latest attack on Manmohan Singh comes from the AIADMK chief, J Jayalalithaa.
She has accused the UPA government of showing unnecessary haste in going to the IAEA for the nuclear safeguards agreement. She also said, "The priorities of Manmohan Singh are misplaced. The government should focus on controlling inflation and high fuel prices".
Jayalalithaa further added that instead of controlling high inflation and rising fuel prices, the government pushed the nuke deal, just to ensure that the Prime Minister did not lose face before the US President George Bush.
The AIADMK chief also said that the nuclear deal has no relevance to the 'aam admi' on the street.
Jayalalithaa also questioned the urgency shown by the government in taking up the nuclear deal issue with the Bush administration when Bush is already on his way out.
Jayalalithaa, further asked, "They could have taken everyone into confidence. What was the haste in going to the IAEA? What ethical, moral or Constitutional right does such a non-representative Prime Minister have to enter into an International agreement on the prodding of the lame-duck President of another nation, when it concerns vital security interests of India?
The AIADMK chief also questioned, "How can he bind the nation, possibly for perpetuity, to an agreement, which is his personal obsession, and not the need of the hour?"
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Jayalalitha asks centre to 'dump' nuke deal
Posted online: Saturday , July 12, 2008 at 02:24:04
Chennai, July 12: Opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal, AIADMK Chief Jayalalitha said on Saturday that the "contentious" deal was not the need of the hour and the government should "dump" it if no consensus could be reached.
"Whether the nuclear deal with the US is necessary for our country or not can be decided only after all the tenets of the agreement including the fine print were known," she said in a statement.
The tenets of the agreement have to be debated after the official version of the draft agreement was posted on Government websites for at least six months and the whole procedure had to be fully transparent and above board.
When the people were reeling under an impact of a double digit inflation, unprecedented fuel prices, hike in the prices of essential commodities, the "Minority UPA government" was "hell-bent" on pushing through with an international agreement, which had nothing to do with the people, she alleged.
"Is the agreement, which has been on the anvil for quite some time, so vital that it cannot wait for another six to eight months, when more representative dispensations will hopefully be available in both India and US," she asked in an apparent reference to US presidential elections and Lok Sabha polls.
The government, instead of concentrating on the deal, should take strong measures to control the price rise, she said.