Congress willing to make sacrifice for N-deal: Rahul

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Rae Bareli, Jul 16 (UNI) Making a strong case of UPA government going in the favour of the Nuclear Deal, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today said the party was ready to make any sacrifice while accomplishing this hugely beneficial deal.

''Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken the right decision in the larger national interest and all of us are proud of it,'' Mr Gandhi said here to the mediapersons. The national interest was the only overweening factor owing to which Congress President and senior leaders were favouring the Nuke Deal, he pointed out.

Admitting the survival of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre may be under threat, the young Congress MP from Amethi said, despite these odds the 'truth' should be practised at any cost.

Certain people, some of them due to political reasons and others due to personal, were opposed of the deal but the Congress was determined to go ahead with it come what may, he said.

The party's youth scion even compared the N-deal to the computer saying, the deal remained as important as a computer in today's time.

''Even my father Rajeev Gandhi was questioned when he emphasised the need of computers and asked about its utility among the poor farmers,'' he reminded. Adding, ''now the wider use of computers for agricultural purposes is here for everyone to see and realise.'' Elaborating, Mr Gandhi said not only this, the comupters had increased the opportunities of employment belying all the apprehensions raised by different sections at that time.

The young leaders of opposition parties during interaction with him, had favoured the N-deal, he disclosed though refrained from taking names of those leaders.

Today was the last day of Mr Gandhi's three day visit to his parliamentary constituency Amethi.

In reply to a query, Mr Gandhi dismissed the allegations of Uttar Pradesh being given a raw deal by the Centre. ''As a matter of fact, the Centre was more than benevolent when it came to this state,'' he quipped.

Making a dig at the media for highlighting his visit to Dalit homes, he said, ''I use to visit all the people but media's perception about my visit to Dalit's place is rather different,'' he said.

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