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'Sonia Gandhi as committed to N-deal'

"Mrs Gandhi as the head of the party and the UPA is fully committed...there is no difference between Mrs Gandhi and the PM," Dasmunsi said. Left will vote Govt out

india Updated: Jun 21, 2008 15:49 IST

Congress President Sonia Gandhi is as committed to the Indo-US nuclear deal as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the party will not let him down on the issue, senior leader and Union Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi has said.

"Absolutely, you are correct. Mrs Gandhi as the head of the party and the UPA is fully committed (to the deal)... there is no difference between Mrs Gandhi and the Prime Minister.

"There are attempts in the country by a section of the media to create a mischievous difference between Mrs Gandhi and the PM, including on the nuclear treaty," Dasmunsi said in an interview to Karan Thapar in the programme 'Devil's Advocate' on CNN-IBN.

He was replying to a question on whether the Congress President was as committed to the deal as the Prime Minister.

Dasmunsi said the Prime Minister was supported by the party on the deal.

"I am absolutely clear in my mind that in coalition politics where the government is seeking support from others, such kind of confusion and things may come, but we shall not let down our Prime Minister," he said.

"We stand firmly by the Prime Minister come what may the situation," Dasmunsi said.

He further said UPA allies like the NCP, RJD and DMK stood by Singh on the nuclear deal issue.

Side-stepping questions on whether the UPA government will complete five years in office in the wake of the Left parties threatening to pull it down if it went ahead with the Indo-US nuclear deal, Dasmunsi said, "The government is completing full five years. No question about that.

"The Government is already in the fifth year and it will complete it," he said.

He expressed confidence that the deal will cross the IAEA and NSG stages and will be given back to the US Congress before this year's end. "The way things are moving, it may so happen," Dasmunsi said.