Congress today dubbed as "event management" the Narendra Modi government's push to get NSG membership and accused it of "embarrassing" the nation with its "misplaced euphoria".
“There was no reason for our government to file the application. It was ill-advised — the desperation, which the Prime Minister showed and also the prematured claims, which he made when he went to Switzerland and Mexico as if everybody is endorsing us,” former Union Minister and senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said.
“I want to reiterate. Diplomacy is not done by loud pronouncements, creating hype and expectations or misplaced euphoria that ends in embarrassment for the country,” he added.
Another party spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said there was no need for this “event management on NSG”.
“There were huge celebrations that Switzerland and various other countries are supporting us. But eight to nine countries opposed us including Switzerland,” he said, alleging that the Foreign Minister of this country has “no role” in deciding issues of foreign affairs.
The Congress’ attack on the government came after India’s push for becoming at member of the NSG came a cropper at the plenary meeting of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group recently as divisions persisted over admitting non-NPT members with China leading the opposition to it.
Ahead of the meeting, India had pushed its case with a number of countries, with Prime Minister Modi leading the charge and also meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent urging him to take a decision on India’s membership on merit while seeking Beijing’s support.