Congress plays down Sonia statement against nuke deal detractors

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New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) Amid strong protest from the Left parties, the Congress Party today sought to downplay the statement of its President Sonia Gandhi against opponents of the Indo-US Nuclear deal, and said the inference made by the press was "extraneous in nature." Addressing a rally at Jhajjar in Haryana yesterday, Ms Gandhi described the opponents of the nuke deal as enemies of the nation's development. She, however, did not mention the names of the Left parties or the BJP.

However, the statement has received flak from the Left parties which are scheduled to have its fourth round of meeting with the UPA here yesteday to resolve the differences on the nuke deal.

"Elements (opposed to the deal) are not only the enemies of Congress but they are also enemies of progrzess and development. We have to give them a strong and befitting reply," she told the rally a day after she said the Congress was ready for a mid-term poll.

"The statement attributed to the Congress Presdient from the Jhajjar rally, while inaugurating the 1500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project was only in the context of Haryana, its development and the power project," a statement issued by AICC Secretary in charge of Media Tom Vadakkan said.

"No inference whatsoever shoul be drawn, which will be quite extraneous in nature," he added.

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