India's MTCR membership will boost space, missile technology: BJP

New Delhi: Under opposition flak over the government's high-pitched but unsuccessful NSG bid, BJP on Wednesday cited the country's entry into Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) to hit back, saying it is a "big diplomatic victory" and the NDA dispensation succeeded where the UPA "failed".

The MTCR membership will provide a boost to India's space and missile technology, besides the government's Make in India initiative, the party said.

 Indias MTCR membership will boost space, missile technology: BJP

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar receives Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) membership papers from diplomats. PTI

"Efforts to get MTCR membership had been on since 2004. This government's success now is a strong answer to our critics. It is a big diplomatic victory and successful outcome of our efforts in the last two years," BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma told reporters.

Noting that neither China, which played a key role in stalling India's NSG bid, nor Pakistan was a MTCR member, he said India is the first country from the region to enter the grouping.

"The world now can no longer ignore India. It has emerged as a strong force," he said, adding opposition parties should appreciate the government's efforts instead of running it down.

Asked about the failure to find a place in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Sharma played it down saying the government was hopeful of getting its membership in future and its hard work should be lauded.

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Updated Date: Jun 29, 2016 18:36:25 IST