N-deal: Congress rejects deadline set by Left

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{image-nuke deal_04072008.jpg news.oneindia.in}New Delhi, Jul 4: Congress party on Friday, July 4 sought to reject the deadline set by the Left to the UPA government to clarify on whether it was going ahead on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Sovereign governments or political parties cannot be subjected to deadlines, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters minutes after the Left parties set a July seven deadline for the government to clarify its position on approaching the IAEA for the safeguards agreement. "We are working towards triple objectives - to do a nuclear deal in national interest, to carry along our allies with us for that purpose and to go to elections as per the Constitutional schedule," he said.

Singhvi said the Congress had not changed its stand on the nuclear deal "by even one millimeter".

Rejecting suggestions of an "unholy alliance", Singhvi said, "The Samajwadi Party and the Congress had never been mutually untouchable in the same sense as the Left and the BJP or the Congress and the BJP."

"We believe that the nuclear deal is in national interest and are happy that other parties in the national interest are slowly converging to our view point," he said.

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