SP's U-turn on N-Deal self destructive: Left

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New Delhi, Jul 5 (UNI) Adopting a wait and watch policy on the Samajwadi Party's U-turn supporting the Indo-US Nuclear Deal, Left parties today said the move was ''a betrayal of the concept of the Third Front and self destructive.'' While the CPI(M) gave a guarded reaction, the CPI and Forward Bloc were more harsh and straightforward saying that it was not expected of Mulayam Singh Yadav-led SP to take a different position on the nuclear pact after the Left parties had taken a certain position.

After a gap of over four years, the SP which remained ignored by the Congress-led UPA coalition, seems to have acquired a prominent place on the national political scenario by its decision to bail out the Manmohan Singh government in the face of impending withdrawal of support by the Left parties over the nuclear deal. The SP's new position has led to fissures in the UNPA to the extent that the TDP and INLD have declared that the SP has not consulted them on the issue and that any party which is the for the deal has no place in the Third Front.

Pointing out towards the political fallout of the current development, CPI(M) leaders Mohammad Salim and Rupchand Pal did not offer direct comments possibly in view of the subject being 'very sensitive' but claimed that history has proved that opportunist adjustments and re-adjustments did not work in the long run.

Mr Salim said the Indian political scenario is witnessing a different mode for the time being which may be summed up in one sentence -''exit leaders; enter dealers.'' MORE UNI KSA SV RP KN1753

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