Left threat to UPA govt on nuclear deal lacks conviction: BJP

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New Delhi, Dec 9 (UNI) The BJP today charged the Left Parties with ''lacking the courage of conviction'' to make their threat of withdrawing support in case the UPA government went ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal as real and said some via media would be found.

Reacting to CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat issuing ultimatum to the UPA Government to stop negotiating with IAEA by December end or be prepared for the Lok Sabha polls, BJP Spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said the BJP did not trust the Left to remain firm on its statement in view of the ''flexibility and fluidity'' shown by CPI(M) earlier on the issue.

''These are just new dates given by the Left. They (Left) lack the courage to withdraw the support,'' Mr Prasad said adding that the flip-flop would continue and the Left would continue supporting the UPA government even beyond December as some via media would be found again.

Stating that the Left would not withdraw support as it feared that the BJP would come to power, Mr Prasad dared Mr Karat to make his threat real.

Regarding charges that Sohrabuddin's brother was facing threat in Gujarat, the BJP leader said all these allegations were politically motivated. He wanted to know that people like Teesta Shetalwad, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar who do not hesitate to move the Supreme Court in case of any incident in Gujarat, remained mum when Muslims were attacked and raped in Nandigram, West Bengal and Hindus were killed in Jammu and Kashmir. It proved that their commitment to human rights was ''spurious,'' he charged.

About the decision to set up a new Committee on the Ram Sethu issue, Mr Prasad wondered the need for another committee to destroy the Ram Sethu which represented the cultural and historical heritage of the country.

''Moreover, since many Historians with Marxist leanings have been included in the committee, we are skeptical about its outcome,'' he said.


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