Unfazed by the Left threat, Congress on Monday indicated that it was ready to do business with Samajwadi Party, whose 39 MPs can play a crucial role in helping the government if its survival was at stake on the issue of Indo-US nuclear deal.
"In a democracy, channels of dialogue are always open," party spokesperson Jayanti Natrajan told reporters when asked whether back channel talks were on with the SP.
Her remarks came on a day when SP General Secretary Amar Singh returned from his US visit and sent signals that his party was not averse to doing business with Congress in the context of the current crisis.
"National crisis does not not belong to politics. This belongs to nation. If the Prime Minister of India wants to engage in discussions, it is not not wrong to talk (to him). You may agree to disagree but non-communication is the worst thing in politics," he said shortly on arrival here from his trip to the US.
Singh is expected to open channels of communication with the government looking for the party's support in Lok Sabha. The two parties have been at loggerheads till a few months back but have started warming up to each other after BSP's victory in Uttar Pradesh.
The AICC briefing also saw Natrajan making it clear that Congress was "committed to taking forward" the nuclear deal.
A day after the CPI-M declared that it would withdraw support to the government if it went ahead with the deal, she dismissed as "unwarranted, baseless and untrue" the Left charge that the government was not following an independent foreign policy.