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N-deal: Who says what

Here are a few reactions over the Indo-US nuclear deal and the possible fallout if the government goes ahead with it:

india Updated: Aug 21, 2007 03:48 IST

Here are a few reactions over the Indo-US nuclear deal and the possible fallout if the government goes ahead with it:

Parties opposing the deal are placing their political interest over the national interest. -- AK Mago of the US-India Political Action Forum

The contention that this deal will make India a lackey of the US is laughable…Certainly no one in the US government thinks the nuclear deal will miraculously transform India into a subservient ally. -- Ashley Wills, who served as the number two at the US Embassy in New Delhi during the 1998 nuclear tests.

India is on the move and we must address its growing energy demands. We cannot afford to shirk responsibility.
-- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Neither the Congress nor the Left parties will like to precipitate matters. A compromise can be made by setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC). -- Ravula Chandra Sekar, TDP floor leader in Rajya Sabha

Congress itself wants mid-term elections. It is for this reason that the PM has provoked the Left parties in this manner. -- Shahid Siddiqui, Samajwadi Party

The Left parties know that withdrawal of support at this point is not in the national interest and will send out a wrong message. -- Tariq Anwar, NCP

Another 'rubber stamp' can replace Manmohan Singh. The PM can set up a JPC — which can take about one and a half years to complete its job. -- Illyas Azmi, BSP

We are not demanding mid-term elections but we should be prepared to teach the Congress a lesson. -- Chandrababu Naidu, TDP

The Congress and Left are reaching a point of no return and mid-term elections seem the most likely scenario. -- Raghunath Jha, RJD

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