India's Modi: No change to 'no first use' nuclear weapons doctrine

NEW DELHI Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:14am EDT

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi (C), the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, waves to his supporters during a public meeting at Krishnagiri in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Babu

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi (C), the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, waves to his supporters during a public meeting at Krishnagiri in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu April 16, 2014.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Opposition leader Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that he would stick to India's doctrine of not being the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict if he wins power in the country's election.

"It is necessary to be powerful - not to suppress anyone, but for our own protection," Modi said in an interview with the ANI television service.

Modi, prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said he would pursue a policy of continuity based on the approach of the last BJP government, which conducted underground nuclear tests in 1998.

"No first use was a great initiative of (former prime minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee - there is no compromise on that. We are very clear. No first use is a reflection of our cultural inheritance," Modi told ANI.

(Reporting by Aditya Kalra; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Alison Williams)

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agnl wrote:
Modi isn’t the leader of the opposition. He is the PM candidate the opposition is projecting.

Apr 16, 2014 10:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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