SP will withdraw support to UPA if U turn in Iran policy: Amar Singh

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Mumbai, Jul 13 (UNI) The new relationship of the Samajwadi Party with the UPA Government will end if the Manmohan Singh government did a U-turn on its relationship with Iran at the behest of the United States, Party general secretary Amar Singh today said.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Singh said the Samajwadi Party will support the UPA during the no-confidence vote in Parliament on July 22, purely based on the assurance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that US would not press the Hyde's Act on the nuclear deal, as assured by US President George Bush on the sidelines of the G-8 Summit in Japan. Besides, the party was convinced after the two-hour meeting with former President A P J Abdul Kalam that the nuclear deal was a must for ensuring country's energy security.

''We are not with the UPA government either on the price rise front or in hiking the rates of petroleum products, but purely on national interest, the SP is supporting the government,'' he said adding ''there is no deal or any other hidden agenda in the change of mind of the party.'' He said SP was also convinced by Dr Singh's assurance that the US would not invoke the Hyde's Act if India went ahead with its economic cooperation with Iran, especially on the gas pipeline link.

If there was any U-turn by the UPA government on this front, the Samajwadi Party would withdraw the support, he added.


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