The Congress party on Friday questioned the statement made by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on nuclear policy, seeking clarity on his remarks. Addressing a press conference, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi asserted that the Grand Old Party stands by government, however, went on to seek clarity on Rajnath Singh's remarks on nuclear policy of India.
"The Congress party stands behind the nation and the government. As far as our defence is concerned, our sovereignty is concerned and in particular our nuclear policy and nuclear use are concerned, I would like to add remark that if by this somewhat ambiguous statement, the honourable Defence Minister either intends to keep us guessing or seeks to announce a change in policy, then the country will be happy to know what the new policy is, not in ambiguous half phrases. But a full paragraph declaration policy," Singhvi said.
Assuring that Congress will stand behind Centre's decision on nuclear policy, Abhishek Singhvi appealed the Defence Minister to not wordplay on the matter.
"I can assure you that whatever the policy we will welcome it and stand behind it, but at least do not do wordplay on something as vital and important as nuclear policy," the Congress leader added.
In a big statement, Defence Minister on Friday said that no first use policy (on Nuclear policy) will depend on the circumstances and the future. While speaking to media at Pokhran, the Defence Minister said that the country's stand on Nuclear policy has remained 'no first policy', however, he added that what will happen in future will depend on the circumstances.
"This is the truth that India's stand as much as Nuclear policy is concerned has remained 'no first policy' but what will happen in future will depend on the circumstances in the future," Rajnath Singh said.
The then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee conducted Nuclear Test in May 1998 in Pokhran.
Responding to Defence Minister's 'No First Use' doctrine change warning, Pakistan Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari claimed that India's 'No First Use' policy ended on 4 January 2003 when the Indian government had allegedly stated the use of nuclear weapons against any attack on India or the Indian forces. It becomes significant to note that India has never actually started any provocation with Pakistan, while still adhering to its 'No First Use' policy.