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Cong not to seek BJP's help

india Updated: Oct 30, 2007 22:16 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress on Tuesday dismissed as "hypothetical" suggestions that the party would take the BJP’s help on the Indo-US nuclear deal in the upcoming winter session of Parliament starting November 15. The deal is expected to be debated in the two Houses of Parliament.

The party also avoided reacting to the efforts made by US officials to talk out the deal with the BJP. "I cannot comment on that," said AICC media department chairperson Veerappa Moily to questions whether his party approved the US directly approaching the main opposition party on the contentious issue.

US ambassador David C Mulford and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger met the top brass of BJP in an apparent bid to address its concerns.

The Congress leader hit out at the BJP for repeatedly changing its stand on the deal. "They have one stand today. Tomorrow they have another. Let us wait for their gesture,’’ he said.

Moily also said he had no knowledge whether the nuclear issue would figure at the November 17 AICC session which is expected to adopt two resolutions. The first resolution would be a composite one dealing with the current political, economic and international situation and the second is expected to hail Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s initiative in ensuring that Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on October 2 is declared international day of non-violence.