He said the government had urged the Left parties to allow it to complete the process of negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. "We will then come back to Parliament and abide by the sense of the House," he told journalists on the sidelines of a function at his residence here.
His remarks came a day after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) made it clear on June 30, after a day-long meeting of its Polit Bureau, that it would withdraw support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre if it went ahead with the deal.
"I have not given up hope," Dr Singh said when asked for his response to the CPM threat.
Playing down the Left threat, Dr Singh said, "There is nothing new in the stand of the Left parties." Insisting that he had never given up hope on the deal, Dr Singh said, "We can still work it out." He said the discussion in Parliament on the outcome of the government's negotiations with the IAEA and the NSG would provide all parties, including the opposition BJP and the Left, a chance to express their views on the agreeemnt.
"I will come to Parliament before I operationalise the agreement.
If Parliament feels that we have done something wrong, so be it," he remarked.
"I recognise that this issue has aroused a great deal of interest in the country," he said.
"We are not asking for anything that a government should not have asked for. All I want at this stage is to be allowed to complete the negotiations with the IAEA and the NSG. That will not tie down the handsof the country. I will come back to Parliament," he said.
The Prime Minister was initially reluctant to speak about the deal. "Sometimes it is better to be silent than to speak prematurely," he said, when asked about his silence in the last few days about the agreement.
Asked if he expected positive steps on the deal before he went to Japan later this week for the G-8 summit, Dr Singh said, "I am making that effort."