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KANCHEEPURAM: CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat on Thursday asked why the Congress and its allies were not talking about the India-U.S. civilian nuclear deal in this election.
While every sphere of the economy suffered because of acute power shortage, the United Progressive Alliance government claimed that the deal would help the country solve the problem, he said. “It is nothing but a big fraud.” By signing the accord India agreed to pay more than Rs. 2.80 lakh crore for setting up nuclear reactors for generating 10,000 MWe. But the UPA constituents now stopped talking about the nuclear deal simply because the country still faced acute power shortage. “We will review the nuclear deal and will produce electricity by tapping alternative sources if people vote the non-Congress and non-BJP alliance to power at the Centre.” Mr. Karat was addressing a rally here in support of the AIADMK candidate for the Kancheepuram (Reserve) Lok Sabha seat, E. Ramakrishnan.
Mr. Karat said the Congress-led UPA government had set a shameless record in corruption and in protecting corrupt persons.