Former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), Anil Kakodkar, on Thursday, May 24th 2012, refuted media reports that he “refused” Rajya Sabha nomination. He said he could not accept the Prime Minister’s offer because he has his hands full with various government assignments.
Kakodkar, who was involved in framing the Indo-US nuclear deal, said his decision is being mistakenly read as rejection of the government’s offer.
“I did not decline the PM’s offer. I explained my position to the PM and he was appreciative of my stand and agreed with what I told him. I am still grateful to him for identifying me for a nominated membership of the Rajya Sabha,” said Kakodkar, a key player in India’s nuclear weaponisation programme.
Kakodkar pointed out that the rules of his current engagements, too, do not permit him to be a Rajya Sabha member, as he holds other government jobs. According to media reports, Kakodkar was recommended for being a nominated Rajya Sabha seat along with cricket icon, Sachin Tendulkar, and actor, Rekha. He denied he was unhappy with being placed at par with them. Following Kakodkar’s decision not to accept the PM’s offer, industrialist Anu Aga was nominated. Kakodkar, was director, Barc from 1996 to 2000 and chairman, AEC, between 2000 and 2009. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2009.
Source: The Times of India