RPI(A) opposes move for mid-term poll to Lok Sabha

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Bangalore, Sep 17 (UNI) The Republican Party of India (A) today urged the Congress and Left Parties to forge an amicable settlement on the controversial 123 Agreement with the United States on the civilian nuclear issue and avoid mid-term elections to the Lok Sabha.

Talking to newspersons here, National President of RPI(A) Ramdas Athawale said the row between Congress and Left parties on the nuclear pact with the United States has created political instability over the continuation of the United Progressive Alliance(UPA) Government at the Centre.

Appealing to both the Congress and Left Parties to find a solution to the nuclear issue, Mr Athawale urged them not to force mid-term elections on the country, which would ultimately benefit the communal forces. ''Presently no one desires to face elections,'' he added.

Referring to the Sethu Samudram Channel Project(SSCP) Mr Athawale accused the Bharatiya Janata Party for the ensuring its commencement during its tenure and creating controversy over the issue now.

Mr Athawale also said the Southern States unit of the party Executive Committee took stock of the political situation prevailing in the country.

''The secular character of Karnataka will be sullied, if the BJP assumes power from JD(S)'' in October he said and added that he would urge Congress President Sonia Gandhi to go for re-alignment with former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.

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