PM talks about compuslions of coalition politics

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) In a clear reference to the roadblock the Indo-US nuclear deal has hit due to the strident opposition by the Left parties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today admitted that it had at times become difficult for his government to do what was 'manifestly obvious'' due to inherent compulsions of coalition politics.

''Given the nature of competitive politics and the fractured mandates given to governments, it has, I must admit, become difficult sometimes for us to do what is manifestly obvious,'' he said.

Dr Singh said inter-regional disparities remained a matter of concern in the course of the development process of the country.

''We remain concerned about inter-regional disparities in development. The nine per cent growth rate is an average of over 10 per cent in some parts of India and under three per cent in others,'' the PM said.

Dr Singh said large continental economies are bound to have inter-regional disparities but the gap between developed and backward regions has to be reduced.

Speaking at the McKinsey Board meeting here, he said there are no signs of the ''catching up effect'' which is a matter of serious concern.

He said a number of initiatives X X X here pick up fifth para of DC 29 PM GROWTH DISPARITIES.

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