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Rajnath for all-party meet on Iran

"There should be a debate on the Iran issue in Parliament... "

LUCKNOW: Accusing the United Progressive Alliance Government of lacking a clear-cut view on policy matters, including Iran, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday sought an all-party meeting on the Iran issue.

"The foreign policy of the country is no longer independent... Neither Parliament nor the Opposition parties were taken into confidence on the Iran issue," he told reporters here.

"There should be a debate on the [Iran] issue in the parliament... A meeting of all the parties should be convened to discuss the issue," he said, adding the BJP would be raising the issue in Parliament.

Consensus was lacking over the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal, signed last year, with even the leading nuclear scientists of the country not satisfied with it, Mr. Singh said.

The BJP leader said Pakistan was now putting conditions for continuing the peace process and added that the "very sovereignty of the country is in peril."

Asked whether the BJP would support the no-confidence motion to be brought by the Samajwadi Party in the Lok Sabha on the Iran issue, Mr. Singh evaded a direct reply and said the BJP too wanted to bring no-confidence motions on a number of issues and "they should support us." Mr. Singh accused the UPA Government of showing "utter disregard" to the Constitution and referred to the proposal for bringing legislation for Muslim reservation in Andhra Pradesh and restoring the minority status to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Referring to the role of Bihar and Jharkhand Governors, the BJP president said even the Supreme Court had passed adverse remarks against them.

The UPA Government's decision to import wheat amounted to cheating the farmers of the country as the wheat season was approaching, Mr. Singh said.

Downplaying the phone-tapping episode, he said the Samajwadi Party was targeting the Centre to hide its own failures in Uttar Pradesh. — PTI

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