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Course correction from Modi: Congress

AM Jigeesh  New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018




Political parties are waiting for the fine print of the results of the bilateral negotiations between India and the US during the visit of President Barack Obama.

Welcoming the change in stance of the ruling BJP on the Nuclear Liability Act, the Congress said the move is a course correction from the part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.

Citing Modi’s statement that civil nuclear agreement was the centrepiece of transformed relationship between India and the US, Congress leader Anand Sharma said the BJP had vehemently opposed it when they were in Opposition.

“It’s an expression of the significance of the Indo-US partnership,” Sharma told BusinessLine. The CPI(M) said the decision to extend the defence framework agreement for 10 more years should be reconsidered. Urging the Centre to reveal the details of the agreement, party General Secretary Prakash Karat said in the past, the agreement was to serve the US interests.

Karat warned the Centre against changing the Nuclear Liability Act. “They (Centre) has gone out of the way to help the US. There should be no change on the question of liability on suppliers and the right of Indian citizens to approach courts in case of an accident against the suppliers,” Karat told BusinessLine.

Sharma and Karat, however, added they will take a final view on the deals that are signed after going through the details.

Published on January 25, 2015

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