All UPA allies to be consulted on N-deal: Congress

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) A day after DMK chief M Karunanidhi stated that he had reservations about the India-US nuclear pact, the Congress today said the views of all the UPA allies would be taken into account to arrive at the final decision on the deal.

''The allies were consulted and will be consulted in future as well.... Their views are respected,'' Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.

He refused to give a clear-cut answer on whether the deal was on or off, but said; ''The UPA-Left panel on the nuclear deal is meeting on October 22.'' About Karunanidhi's statement, Mr Ahmed said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was a senior leader, and every political party had its own viewpoints.

''When we discuss any issue within the UPA framework, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others try to keep the viewpoints all in mind,'' he said.

Asked whether Mrs Gandhi had made a U-turn on the nuclear deal, he countered: ''Where is the U-turn.'' Mr Ahmed, who was holding his first press briefing as Party spokesman, refused to be drawn into any controversy on the nuclear deal.

''The Party's stand is what Mrs Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh have said in the HT leadership Summit,'' he said.

''I don't have anything to add to or delete to what Mrs Gandhi has said,'' he added.


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