Chautala predicts Third Front split

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New Delhi, July 5 : A day after the Samajwadi Party endorsed the Indo-US nuclear deal and expressed its intention to back the Congress should the Left decided to withdraw its outside support to the UPA Government, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Om Prakash Chautala predicted a split in the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA).

"The Indo-US nuclear deal is anti-national and anti-secular. Mulayam Singh was insulted earlier and will be insulted again by the Congress. The UNPA does not see eye-to-eye with the Samajwadi Party any more. Mulayam Singh would be out of the UNPA," Chautala said

UNPA constituent Asom Gana Parishad said: "We will not support the nuclear deal.''

"I am pained to know that the Samajwadi Party is no longer a part of the UNPA. This, despite Mulayam being the founder member of the alliance," he said.

Chautala said a final decision on the split in the Third Front would be taken at Sunday's meeting of UNPA members.

The UNPA is comprised of the Telugu Desam, the Samajwadi Party, the Asom Gani Parishad, and Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal, who were claiming to represent a non-Congress, non-BJP front.

Chautala said that the Samajwadi Party's move is surprising since Mulayam Singh was against the nuclear deal since the beginning.

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