Govt will sort out differences on N-deal - Congress
The Congress expresses confidence that the differences with the allies would be resolved by taking every step to bring them on board.india Updated: Sep 19, 2007 20:43 IST
Unfazed by the mounting attack by the Left parties on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Congress on Wednesday expressed confidence that the differences with the allies would be resolved by taking every step to bring them on board.
"As far as the dispute itself is concerned, we in the Congress are very sure all differences will be sorted out within the framework of the set-up (UPA-Left committee). The party is confident that the government will take every step to bring all the allies on board," Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters in the Capital.
She, however, stressed that talking to the allies did not amount to capitulation and the interests of the people of India were paramount for the government.
Asked about CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat asking the Government not to proceed with the Indo-US nuclear deal for six months, she said, "As you are aware, there is a mechanism set up between the Left and the UPA to discuss all aspects of the Indo-US nuclear agreement. There is no doubt that this too will be discussed within the parameters of the mechanism."
Natarajan said the Congress was hopeful that through mutual understanding, a resolution of the issues between the UPA and the Left would be done.
Asked to react to the criticism that US Ambassador David Mulford was dictating terms to India on the nuclear deal by saying time was of essence, she said, "The Indian government, the UPA and the people of India do not fear the remarks made by anybody.
"Our views, our process will be followed. Nobody dictates to the Congress party, the people of India and the government," she said.
First Published: Sep 19, 2007 20:38 IST