Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 6: Defence Minister A K Antony on Sunday, July 6, claimed that the nuclear deal issue was not at all a threat to the stability of the UPA Government at the Centre.
Talking to reporters during his visit to senior Congress leader K Karunakaran's residence to extend birthday greetings to him, Mr Antony said according to him the Left parties should not withdraw their support to the UPA Government in the name of the nuclear issue.''The Left parties will have their own ideologies and principle and can take a stand own their on. However, the government's request to them is that they should not withdraw their support in the name of the agreement,'' he said.
However, Mr Antony exuded confidence that even if the Left withdrew their support to the government, it would win the vote of confidence in Parliament.
Maintaining that the nuclear deal with the US was necessary for the interests of the nation, he said it was a must to get fuel for India from all countries, including Russia and France.
Pointing out that everybody knew about the Congress' foreign policy, the Minister said nobody should teach the party about Independent Foreign Policy.