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Sonia comes out in support of N-deal

india Updated: Nov 17, 2007 10:55 IST

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday came out fully in support of the Indo-US nuclear deal saying it would have no no impact on India's atomic programme but enable the country acquire fuel and technology and help in getting the much-needed electricity for faster growth.

A day after the Left parties gave clearance to the government to approach the IAEA for working out India-specific safeguards agreement, she told the AICC meeting that there were differences with the outside allies but efforts were on to evolve a consensus through discussions.

Endorsing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assurance to the country that the agreement would not not in any way affect the strategic nuclear programme, Gandhi said from the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, their policy was one of self-reliance.

"But international cooperation on our own terms is an inalienable part of this policy of self-reliance," she said amidst applause from the gathering of Congress delegates from all over the country.

The Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, CWC members, state Presidents and AICC office-bearers were among those present at the day-long meeting, the first after Hyderabad Congress plenary in January last year.