File photo of former NSA Brijesh Mishra with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Capitol Hill in Washington in Nov, 2001. Mishra, 84, died in New Delhi on Friday night following a heart ailment.
There is fresh embarrassment for BJP. Brajesh Mishra, Atal Behari Vajpayee's National Security Adviser, has now come out openly in support of the Indo-US nuke deal. That it comes just before the crucial May 6 discussions between the United Progressive Alliance and the Left on India-specific safeguards being negotiated with the IAEA and a meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group on May 19 only makes it worse. All that the BJP can now say is that "the past can never
answer the present" in response to questions on how the party could ignore the views of a man who was the NSA in their government for six long years. The Congress is chortling for now: "Mr Advani and the BJP did not consult even their own government's NSA before taking a view on the nuclear deal." That they would not be able to cut any ice with M/s Karat & co. is perhaps neither here nor there.