The BJP's top brass on Sunday met and reviewed the political situation as a crisis loomed over the Congress-led UPA government in the light of the left's tough stand on the nuclear deal with the United States.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and party leaders L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Jaswant Singh, Arun Jaitley and Arun Shourie held an almost two-hour meeting today, a day after the Left's warning to the UPA government against any discussions with the IAEA on safeguards in connection with the 123 agreement.
"We have discussed the political situation which may lead to early polls," Jaitley told PTI, adding that his party was concerned about the crisis in government, which he insisted has "paralysed" governance. He alleged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's authority has been completely eroded.
He also added that "We (BJP) will continue to press issues relating to nuclear deal and (the release in Argentina of )Ottavio Quattrocchi in the coming week in parliament in order to put the government in the dock."