The Congress on Thursday said the Indo-US nuclear deal was "alive" and did not need any life support. "It is alive and not even under oxygen," AICC Media Department Chairman M Veerappa Moily told reporters in New Delhi.
"There is absolutely no uncertainty that the joint mechanism will come out with a solution. The Congress is anxious. The UPA government is anxious that the nuclear deal should be through," he said.
Asked about the comments made by allies such as DMK chief M Karunanidhi and RJD chief Lalu Prasad giving the impression that the deal has been put on hold, he suggested they were voicing individual opinions. "It is not anybody's case that the joint mechanism has taken any decision," he said.
On when he expected the deal to come through, he said, "I am not a political astrologer."
Let the real PM speak: BJP
Charging PM Manmohan Singh of doing a flip flop over the India-US nuclear deal, the BJP on Thursday asked the UPA government to make its stand clear on the issue. "In India, the PM said failure to implement the deal is not the end of life. In Nigeria, he told US President Bush that there are difficulties in implementing it… In Durban, he spoke about evolving a meaningful consensus on the deal. We would like to know which is the real voice of the PM," party spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad stated.