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Manmohan Singh plays down Left threat on N-deal

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the government will go to the Parliament before operationalising the Indo-US nuclear deal.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2008 13:53 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday played down the Left Parties threat to withdraw support to his government on the Indo-US nuclear deal and made it clear that he was prepared to face Parliament before operationalising the deal.

Breaking his silence on the nearly fortnight-long stand-off with the Left parties supporting his government from outside, he said all that he wanted was that the government should be allowed to complete the negotiation process with the IAEA and NSG.

Singh expressed confidence that the government would be able to address concerns of all including the Left parties on the civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the US.

"We will grapple with that stage when we come to it," he said when asked about the threat held out yesterday by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat that his party would withdraw support in concert with other Left parties if the Government went ahead with the deal.

"I hope we can work out...We can still work out an outcome that will satisfy all parties," he told senior journalists at his residence after releasing the 'National Action Plan on Climate Change' brought out by the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change.

Initially the Prime Minister, who appeared relaxed despite the political stalemate, said he would not like to speak on the nuclear issue maintaining that silence was better but later came out with his comments in reply to questions.

"I have said it before. I will repeat it again that I have told them (Left) you allow us to complete the process. Once the process is over, I will bring it before Parliament and abide by the House," he said.