Modi government has come under the opposition criticism over the developments in Seoul NSG meet, where India aggressively pushed its bid for the seat in the elite 48-nation group. As the NSG meet ended without any decision on India’s entry amid persisting differences among some of the member nations, Congress party termed the developments as “embarrassment” to India.
An entry in the Nuclear Suppliers Group is seen crucial in terms of enabling India’s participation in trade and export of nuclear technology. But it was opposed by China and six other nations.
“We do not know why India showed its desperation and allowed the country to be equated with Pakistan on the issue of NSG membership,” Congress party’s senior spokesman Anand Sharma said.
Taking a sharp critical view of the NDA government’s diplomatic moves, the deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said, “It’s high time that Prime Minister Narendra Modi realises that diplomacy requires gravitas, depth and seriousness. PM Modi needs to realise diplomacy needs depth not public tamasha”.
Commenting that intense lobbying by Modi government was “unnecessary”, Anand Sharma further added, “The world saw the PM make a spectacle of himself and India. Now India faces embarrassment unnecessarily.”
India had pushed its case with a number of countries ahead of Seoul meet, with Prime Minister Modi himself leading the charge. He had even met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent urging him to take a decision on India’s membership on merit but China persistently opposed India’s bid.
Other opposition parties too came out taking on the Centre. Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chose to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he has “failed completely” on foreign policy front.
“PM Modi has completely failed on foreign policy front. He owes explanation on what did he did on his foreign jaunts?” Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.
A special meeting last night had discussed India’s application where China and a number of other countries opposed its entry into NSG saying it was not a signatory of the NPT.
Confirming that the India’s application was discussed during the two-day deliberations, the statement, under a sub-heading ‘Outreach’, said it shared information on all aspects of the 2008 Statement on Civil Nuclear Cooperation with India and discussed the NSG relationship with India.
(With inputs from the PTI)