Facing flak from some quarters over his party's decision to support the Indo-US nuclear deal, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said the pact was not "anti-Muslim" and was in the national interest.
Talking to reporters after participating in a function at Gunnaur in Badaun, he said "BSP president Mayawati is creating a demon out of the deal by portraying it as anti-Muslim."
India would have been isolated had it opposed the deal, Yadav said adding the pact was in the national interest.
The SP president said when most nations were favouring civilian nuclear cooperation, India, if it opposed the deal, would be deprived of progress and advancement in this sphere.
Yadav said he had some doubts over the deal which were cleared after a detailed discussion with former President and acclaimed scientist A P J Abdul Kalam.
After meeting with Kalam, the Samajwadi Party agreed to support the deal in the national interest, he said.
To a question on the BJP dubbing him as an "opportunist", Yadav said there was no need for him to issue a clarification in this regard.
The entire country knew who the real opportunists were, he said.
"We have always fought against communal forces. We can go go to any length to counter them," the SP leader said and appealed to all secular parties to join hands to defeat such forces.
He declined comments when asked whether his party would forge an alliance with the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
To a question, Yadav said his party had never acted under pressure and would not do so in future.
He also refused to comment on questions relating to Left parties.