BJP unsure of seriousness of Karat's threat to UPA

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New Delhi, Dec 10 (UNI) While the political circles are agog with implications of the statement of the CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat issuing an ultimatum to the UPA Government to scrap the Indo-US nuclear deal immediately after the Gujarat elections, the BJP today said one could not make any guess that this is a real threat.

Asked for his reaction on Mr Karat's statement, BJP president Rajnath Singh said it was not the first time that Mr Karat had issued such threats to the UPA Government. He has given such threats earlier also, including the one in which one month's deadline was given to the ruling alliance not to proceed with discussions with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but the UPA Government had sailed through such warnings on each occasion.

Refusing to comment about Mr Karat's reference to Gujarat elections, the BJP president said his party was ready to face elections anytime and it was for the UPA constituents and its supporting parties to decide upon the timing.

To a question on the Election Commission issuing notices to Congress president Sonia Gandhi for describing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as 'merchant of death', the BJP president said it was 'good' that the EC had taken note of the comments made by Ms Gandhi and her general secretary Digvijay Singh for their provocative actions.


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