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BJP thinks snap polls still a possibility

india Updated: Oct 16, 2007 20:08 IST

Though the crisis over the Indo- US nuclear deal appears to have blown over, the BJP is still not ruling out the possibility of mid-term polls as it feels the government has not abandoned the agreement altogether.

The top leadership of the saffron party is of the view that the Congress-led UPA government is buying time and will eventually push through the deal, leading to withdrawal of support by the Left parties.

In an informal chat with reporters in New Delhi, BJP President Rajnath Singh refused to read much into the telephonic talk between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George W Bush late last night.

"Mid-term polls are still a possibility. It cannot be ruled out," he said.
The Prime Minister on Monday spoke about difficulties in implementing the deal, triggering speculation that the government is putting it on hold.

The main Opposition party also continued to target the PM for "changing his stance" on the accord.

The party's strategy seems to be to attack the prime minister personally and try to invoke his "conscience" but not to seek his resignation as it feels such a move could have an adverse impact.

"The prime minister had earlier said that the deal was non-negotiable. He had staked his prestige on the deal. Now he is ready to put it in the cold storage. He has no political clout. What can we say, he should think over his conscience," party spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said.