Stiffening its stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), one of the oldest allies of the Congress, on Sunday made it clear that it never wanted the Manmohan Singh Government to go ahead with the contentious treaty.
In an interview to Malayalam TV channel Kairali, run by the CPI(M), IUML supremo Panakkad Muhammadali Shihab Thangal said: “We are against the treaty with the US. Once the government takes its decision we will react accordingly.”
This is the first time the IUML has spoken out against the nuclear deal.
Asked whether the party’s E Ahmed will continue as Minister of State for External Affairs, Thangal said: “We will take a decision once the government decides it. All options, including the withdrawal of our minister, are open.”