UPA under no threat: A K Antony

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Kochi, Jul 7 (UNI) Union Defence Minister A K Antony today reiterated that the Congress-led UPA Government was not under any threat over the Indo-US Nuclear Deal and claimed that the government would be able to prove its majority even if the Left withdraws its support.

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating the 'INTUC leadership traning camp' here, Mr Antony said ''in the last UPA-Left meeting it was decided that a consensus would be reached on the issue in the next meeting, but the Left was impatient in giving a deadline for the Government.'' On whether the Congress gave an explanation to the Left on the issue, Mr Antony said '' the letter was given to Mr Pranab Mukherjee and he will reply to that.'' Later, addressing a gathering at the camp, Mr Antony said the nuclear deal was important to fuel the tremendous economic growth of the country.

Asserting that the Congress party would not do anything against the nation's interests, he said ''we need fuel for our nuclear reactors and the deal would ensure adequate fuel from the US.'' As India is not having enough nuclear fuel to produce energy, it has to source fuel from US, Russia, China, France or Australia, he added. The crude oil prices had reached US Dollar 144 and the prices of petrol, kerosene and gas were increasing, which warrants a need to utilise alternative sources of energy like wave, wind and solar,'' he noted.

Touching on the labour issues, Mr Antony said the Centre was committed in protecting the interests of the workers in the unorganised sector.

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