SP not drifting away from Left front

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Bangalore, May 13 (UNI) Denying that Samajwadi Party (SP), a major component of United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA), was drifting away from the Left front on the issue of Women's Reservation Bill, party General Secretary Amar Singh today said it did not hurt the working relationship between the two fronts.

Addressing newspersons here, he said SP would stick to its stand on Women's Bill and would continue to protest. There should be separate reservation quotas among the women for minorities, OBC, SC and ST categories, he said.

On the controversial Indo-US nuclear deal, he alleged that for the last four years, the UPA government had not made any attempt for taking into confidence all the parties on the issue.

''As far as SP is concerned, we had updated the details on nuclear issue through the articles appearing in the media and no communication was received from the government on this deal,'' he said.

Referring to his recent meeting with the Prime Minister, he clarified that the meeting had helped to know more about nuclear deal. During the meeting the Prime Minister had referred the statement of former Indian President Abdul Kalam on the proposed nuclear deal and its advantages for the country.

''However, SP shares common views with Left parties on nuclear deal,'' he pointed out.


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