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Congress hails NSG waiver for India as 'historic'

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 6, IRNA
India-NSG Waiver-Congress
Congress on Saturday hailed the NSG waiver for India as 'historic' and said it was a significant victory not only for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) but for all Indians.

"It is a historic day for India. It is a red letter day," party spokesman Manish Tiwari said moments after reports from Vienna spoke of India getting the waiver by consensus, PTI reported.

He said it was indeed a significant victory not only the UPA but for all Indians.

Samajwadi Party (SP) termed the waiver as a great victory for India and said it would help the country in its development.

"India needs development and not nuclear bombs," SP General Secretary Amar Singh said, criticizing the opposition parties for 'beating around the bush'.

Quoting former president A P J Abdul Kalam, he said India required no more nuclear tests as the previous two tests have proved that the country is a nuclear-capable state.

In a major success for India's nuclear ambitions, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Saturday granted it a crucial waiver that will enable it to carry out nuclear commerce, ending 34 years of isolation enforced in the wake of the 1974 Pokharan nuclear tests.

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