//V P Singh commends PM for warding off US pressure on nuke deal

V P Singh commends PM for warding off US pressure on nuke deal

Lucknow, Mar 05: Former Prime Minister V P Singh today commended Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for successfully "countering" US "pressure" on India to bring the fast breeder reactors under the ambit of inspection by international agencies while clinching the nuclear deal.

"Manmohan Singh did not succumb to the US pressure to bring the fast breeder reactors under the inspection regime", V P Singh told newsmen here.

He also said there was nothing wrong in taking sniffer dogs to Rajghat during US President George Bush`s visit there. It was `usual` and was done for security reasons, he added.

Singh criticised the US for its "occupation" of Iraq and trying to prevent Iran from building nuclear reactors.

The Kisan Manch convenor denounced the government`s decision to import wheat terming it as "anti-farmer" and demanded a probe into the low buffer stock of wheat.

"It is a case of total mismanagement…the imported wheat will arrive in the country at a time when our own wheat crop will be ready and thus the farmers will not get remunerative price for their product", he said.

He, however, welcomed the proposal in the union budget to reduce the interest on loans to farmers.

Singh lashed out at the Mulayam Singh Yadav government for giving, what he claimed, 2500 acres of land to reliance at Dadri for building a power plant at a "throwaway price of Rs 1.5 lakh per acre."

"Is there any agreement with reliance as to when will it start production…is there a fixed time frame for commissioning of the plant and what action will be taken against the company if it fails to meet the deadline," Singh asked.

All these facts should be revealed or else the Kisan Manch, of which he was the convenor, would "forcibly reoccupy the land and hand it over to the farmers for ploughing," he declared.

He alleged that the state development council, chaired by Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh, had not "achieved anything."

Singh also demanded formation of a Kisan Development Council on similar lines and regretted that the Chief Minister "had failed to even acknowlege" the letters written to him in this regard. "Now I shall write to him personally and if no action is taken we will be forced to launch an agitation."

Singh also accused the government of altering the master plan of the state capital to allow the builders the land in the green belt for developing residential colonies which would pose "grave dangers" to the Gomti river and environment.

Bureau Report

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