PM has no personal stake in nuke deal : Congress

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Throwing its weight behind Dr Manmohan Singh on the Indo-US Nuclear deal issue, the Congress today said Dr Singh had no "personal stake" in the pact but what was at stake was the credibility of 60 years of post-independent foreign policy.

The party also justified Dr Singh becoming ''emotional'' at the UPA meeting yesterday, saying that any patriotic citizen should be emotional when it came to issues of national interests.

"But his becoming emotional should not be treated as a weakness," AICC General Secretary in charge of Media Veerappa Moily told mediapersons at the party headquarters, while describing Dr Singh as a "honest and sensitive politician".

He rejected as "absolutely false" the report that Dr Singh had offered to resign at yesterday's meeting after complaining that he was let down by the UPA allies who went public against the deal after being in agreement with the government at the cabinet meeting.

"Our Prime Minister is not such a weak person," he said.

"Dr Singh has to think about the country behind him. It is not a political expediency. What is at stake is the credibility of the country and not mere credibility of the Prime Minister alone. Dr Singh has no personal stake, but the country has a big stake," he said.

"Today, it is the nuke deal and tomorrow it will be something else. But what credibility would our Prime Ministers have when they go to other countries (if the deal is not operationalised)?" he asked.

On the reports that Dr Singh became emotional at the meeting of Congress with its ruling UPA allies yesterday, he said, "any patriot of the country should have been emotional...As a patriot, he should be emotional, naturally." In this context, Mr Moily said international agreements had their own sanctity, adding that the deal had already been struck and only the 123 Agreement had to be operationalised.

Earlier, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Prithviraj Chavan said separately that the "123 Agreement could be taken forward even by the next administration." More UNI

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