New Delhi, September 4:

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today called for the “immediate resignation” of the Congress-led UPA government for “misleading” the nation on the India-US nuclear deal and said it would move a privilege motion in parliament if the demand was not met.

Addressing a press meet, former foreign minister Yashwant Singh said: “The UPA government should resign immediately.” “If it fails to do so, we want parliament to be called immediately, perhaps in a week’s time so that the privilege motion can be moved against the government,” he added.

The BJP leader referred to a report that appeared in the Washington Post quoting a letter from the US State Department to the US Congress in which it said all nuclear commerce with India would be halted if it conducted a nuclear test.

“This and other facts were hidden by the government. If they were revealed before the trust vote, the government would have been defeated,” he said.