SP was striking 'political deal' by supporting N-deal- Mayawati

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Lucknow, Jul 4 (UNI) Dubbing the Indo-US nuclear-deal 'grossly controversial', Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today said the lack of consensus on the issue had allowed self-centred parties like Samajwadi Party to strike a 'political deal'.

It is beyond doubt that SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav had struck a deal with the Congress at the Centre to further his own interests bypassing the national interest in the process, she told a press conference here this evening.

Ms Mayawati said SP was extending support to UPA on the N-deal issue despite the latter had failed to take people of the country into confidence and did not specify the terms and conditions behind the deal. ''The N-deal is totally unacceptable till it is agreeable to members of all the communities,'' she said.

Only a few days ago, the UP CM had termed the N-deal as anti-muslim and had said the muslim community was not in its favour since it was being made in place of chepaer gas from Iran. She,in fact, had met the ulemas and muslim religious leaders on this issue while claiming their disapproval on the N-deal.

Ms Mayawati said the UPA had not yet divulged the details of the deal and it should have achieved consensus by convening all-party meeting before going for it. ''The lack of consensus has landed the entire issue in the category of controversial and my party is averse to it,'' she said.

Whatever was known to nation with regards to N-deal had been in bits and pieces as the UPA government had failed to present it in a totality,the UP CM said. Adding ''such lacklustre and irresposible attitude of UPA has given rise to a situation where the Central government is in danger and 'self-centred' parties like SP have come in the position to strike a 'political deal'.

Sparing nothing to attack SP, the Bahujan Samaj Party President said it was selfish of Mulayam Singh Yadav who was to support UPA on the condition of diluting the CBI cases against him, his relatives and friends. ''This, of course , is selfish on the part of Mr Yadav who has favoured the N-deal without realising its ramifications against the independence and security of the country,''she pointed out.

Ms Mayawati said the nation would not forgive Congress and SP for this and the people would teach them a lesson in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

The CM also claimed she has definite information that the SP would give a letter of support to UPA immediately after Left parties withdrew their support. ''I have also the information that the SP would extend outside support to exploit the situation for its vested interests,'' she claimed.

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