Left for opposing the Indo-U S nuclear deal, external affairs minister Pranab
Mukherjee on Monday said the parties were suffering from 'Americaphobia just
like some people have hydrophobia.'
have Americaphobia, just like some people have hydrophobia. They may have it
but they must understand that the U S is technologically advanced and we need
that advanced technology,” Mukherjee told a seminar here on the N-deal.
out that he had held eight meetings with the Left parties since July 18, 2005,
to explain to them the details of the deal, Mukherjee said “I have never seen
so many meetings being held on foreign policy matters in my 39 years in
Parliament. There had been only three meetings on GATT.”
Refuting the Left parties'
allegation that the government had ignored Parliament in clinching the deal, he
said every step was discussed both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
Pranab Mukherjee added that
this deal will help India overcome its energy problems.