New Delhi: Finance minister P Chidambaram today put up a strong defence of the Indo-US nuclear deal and tore into the NDA and Left parties, saying there can be “nothing more bizarre” than two disparate groups coming together to vote against the confidence motion.
Opening the UPA attack on the second day of the debate on confidence motion moved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said the country is charting a “new path” for ending its nuclear isolation and making India an economic superpower.
“I ask the House to give a resounding vote of confidence to the Prime Minister,” he said amid thumping of desks by the treasury benches in a speech that was repeatedly interrupted by the Left parties, especially the CPM.
Amid cheers from the ruling side members, Chidambaram took barbs at the NDA and Left parties for coming together to vote against the government despite having diverse positions on the nuclear deal.
“The BJP and NDA seem to believe that nuclear isolation should end but no one is clear about the Left parties. Yet the two groups are voting together.
“The NDA has no problem with the strategic relationship with the US. The Left parties have ideological opposition to it. Yet the two groups are voting together.
“The NDA believes in India becoming a nuclear weapon state. The Left parties have always opposed nuclear weaponisation. Yet the two parties are together.
“The NDA says if it comes to power, it will renegotiate the nuclear deal. The Left says it will everything to scuttle the agreement for ever. Yet they are voting together.
“I don’t think in the history of Parliament there is anything more bizarre than two disparate groups voting together,” the finance minister said in his spirited speech.