Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday seemed to disagree with South Block’s public comments on China blocking India’s bid to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). He advocated stronger India-China ties.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leaderwas more forthright in criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies, both on and Pakistan. Sinha termed the efforts to be an NSG member as “misguided”. He criticised the PM’s Pakistan policy in the light of the terrorist attack in Pampore. “I say this strongly that India should not accept the NSG membership. We should not go there as an applicant. Whatever we had to get, we have got it,” 83-year-old Sinha said.
Meanwhile, South Block expressed hope that the nuclear export control group could take up the issue of India’s membership at its proposed meeting by the end of the year.
Sinha, who has more than once criticised the PM and party president Amit Shah, said India has already got what it needed from NSG by the 2008 waiver and had more to lose than gain by now becoming a member.
On Modi’s Pakistan policy, Sinha said “nothing” has come out, or will.
Returning to India after a six-day China tour, Chouhan said in Bhopal that dialogue with Beijing should continue, despite it having opposed India’s NSG membership. “Dialogue with China should continue to strengthen economic ties. Both countries have their own nationalinterests,” he said.