CM hopes to end UPA-Left standoff over N-Deal

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Chennai, Oct 29 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi today said he would visit New Delhi during the first week of December and make efforts to end the stand-off between the Congress and the Left parties over the Indo-US Nuclear Deal.

Talking to newspersons after a meeting with CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat here, the DMK leader said he hoped that an amicable solution was found.

''Only after reaching Delhi, I will come to know whether an amicable situation prevails or not,'' he said, adding he would be able to ascertain the current position only after holding talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Replying to a question, Mr Karunanidhi said he wished that the fissures between the Congress and the Left parties over the issue were sorted out.

The DMK leader said Mr Prakash briefed him about the latest developments on the nuclear issue and it was agreed that they would continue the discussion when he (Mr Karunanidhi) visited New Delhi in December.

Mr Karunanidhi replied in the negative when asked whether Mr Prakash discussed with him the Third Front and sought his support.

Mr Karunanidhi would visit New Delhi to take part in the National Development Council (NDC) meeting.

On the Supreme Court ordering issuance of notice to him and others in a contempt of court case for organising a ''bandh'' on October one on the Sethusamudram project issue, the Chief Minister declined to comment, pointing out that the matter was subjudice.

''I learnt that I need not appear before the court,'' he said, adding he would abide by the apex court decision.

UNI

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