UNPA delays decision on N-deal, demands national debate

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New Delhi, Jul 3 (UNI) The United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) today failed to take a categorical stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal, delaying a decision till ''Prime Minister Manmohan Singh further clarifies its doubts and has a national debate on the issue.'' The Alliance, of which the Samajwadi Party (SP) is the main constituent along with the TDP, also said, ''it will not give any certificate to the UPA government before July 6, the day Dr Singh is to leave for the G-8 meeting, which the Left has said might lead to its withdrawal of support to the government.'' UNPA chairperson and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told a press conference after what was expected to be a crucial meeting of the Alliance that all its constituents were united on the issue and all speculations about the dissension among them over the nuclear deal were wrong.

He said the Alliance leaders had decided by consensus that they would choose an expert who would convey to the Prime Minister their reservations over the issue.

The failure to take a categorical stand on the deal by the UNPA, a grouping of five regional parties, is being seen as an attempt by the SP, which had in the past few days given clear indication of coming closer to the Congress over the issue, to keep its options open till the Left actually withdrew its support.

The meeting was attended by Mr Chandra Babu Naidu of the TDP, Mr Brinda Goswami of the Asom Gana Parishad, Mr Om Prakash Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal and SP General Secretraies Amar Singh and Ramgopal Yadav besides the SP chief and others.

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