New Delhi: Former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha today flayed the Narendra Modi government over its vigorous push to get NSG membership, saying there was no need for it and India should not have gone to the elite grouping as an "applicant".
The BJP veteran, who has often been critical of the Modi government after being sidelined in the party, said India should not accept NSG membership as it has already got what it needs.
"India which has shown so much keenness in getting NSG membership, it is not required at all. I say this very 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.
His comments come 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 Narendra 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 Beijings support.
Sinha, who was External Affairs minister in the previous NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has spoken out against various aspects of Modi government's foriegn policy especially its handling of Pakistan.
Terming the developments at the NSG meet in Seoul as an "embarrassment" to India, Congress too had hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he needs to realise that diplomacy needs "depth and seriousness and not public tamasha".
Sinha also alleged that India's current policy with Pakistan was a complete failure and called on the Narendra Modi-led government to take action against the hostile neighbour or continue to face attacks like Pathankot and Pampore.
Speaking to ANI, Sinha stated that the continuous assaults on the Indian defence, which has resulted in the deaths of several personnel, have given birth to a war-like situation between India and Pakistan.
"When these numbers of our people are being slaughtered, it's a clear open attack on India by Pakistan. It is with great distress that I am saying that our government's policy towards Pakistan has failed. There are still many leaders, who will call for cordiality with Pakistan saying they are 'bechara'. They are not 'bechara', they have been attacking us for years and now, they are targeting our defence personnel head on," Sinha said.
Calling on the Centre to muster courage and make Pakistan accountable for all they have done, Sinha said that there was absolutely no reason for India to be afraid.
"If we never question Pakistan and keep 'bowing down' to them then attacks like those in Pathankot and Pampore will continue. After incidents like Pathankot, we bang our chests and weep and then forget about it," he added.