New Delhi: With India failing yet again to gain membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Delhi Chief Minister Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain to the nation as to why did this happen, despite him travelling to other countries seeking their support in the matter, in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address.
“Sir, I hope u will tell the nation tomo why did u fail so miserably at NSG despite so many foreign visits,” Kejriwal said re-tweeting the Prime Minister tweet calling on the nation to join him in the ‘ Mann Ki Baat’ show.
Earlier, accusing the present Modi Government of indulging in ‘public tamashas’, the Congress Party dubbed the BJP-led NDA government as ‘desperate’ and accused the saffron party of allowing India into the NSG elite group, saying this kind of hectic campaigning was not required.
“It is an embarrassment for India to do what was not required. When there are no obstacles when it comes to nuclear trade with the NSG countries, it was unnecessary. We do not know why India showed its desperation and allowed India to be equated with Pakistan on the issue of NSG membership,” senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma told ANI.
On Friday, China said that the NSG will not discuss its membership bid into the elite group, adding that New Delhi will first have to sign the NPT, as it is a must and a major criteria set up by the NSG.
Speaking to ANI in Seoul, Director-General of the Arms Control Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Qun asserted that India’s membership has ‘never ever’ been on the agenda of the NSG and that there is no such agenda item for the two-day plenary, adding that there is no point of China opposing or supporting India as well as the membership of other countries.
However, India remained buoyant asserting that an early decision on its application remains in larger global interest and India’s participation in the NSG will further strengthen nuclear non-proliferation and make global nuclear commerce more secure.