Washington: Leaders of Indian-American community expressing concerns over the stand taken by the political parties in India on the Indo-US civil nuclear said the deal cannot be renegotiated as it may not get approved by the US Congress or the next President cannot get it passed as the chances are virtually zero.
“Parties opposing it are placing their political interest over national interest. If this Bill comes back for any reason, the present Congress or the next President cannot get it passed as the chances are virtually zero,” chairman of the US-India Political Forum Ashok Mago said.
Terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a man of integrity, Mago said, “For any one to think for a second that Prime Minster Manmohan Singh will agree to sign an agreement which is not in the national interest of India should be unthinkable.
Mago, expressing his surprise over the late reaction of the parties on the deal said, “Why political parties in India waited this long to oppose it now so strongly as to want to kill it, when everyone knew the terms of the Hyde Act.”
“This bill should be looked as an energy bill to provide India the clean energy it desperately needs to keep up with the pace of its economic growth,” he said.
The US-India Political Forum was instrumental in bringing in the Texas Delegation to back the Hyde Bill in 2006 and getting 16 Members in the House of Representatives and both of its Senators -- Kay Bailey Hutchinson and John Cornyn -- as its Co-sponsors.
Senator Cornyn is the Republican Co-chair of the Senate India Caucus on Capitol Hill.
“It will be a set back for US India relations and a great disappointment to American Indian community who has worked very hard to get it approved in the Congress,” Mago said.
Elaborating Bush administration’s effort to get congressional approval on the deal, he said, “killing this deal will send a signal not only to this administration, but to the future administration too, that the government of India cannot be counted on to get support of agreements.”
It is but natural that those countries who do not want to see India to continue its fast pace of growth will do everything to make sure that this agreement does not survive and this will have an impact on the continued economic progress of India,“ Mago said.