If there are polls, we’ll face it, says Sonia Gandhi
At Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s iftar party on Saturday evening, two subjects dominated the discourse: mid-term elections in India and Pervez Musharraf’s re-election as President of Pakistan.
Still recovering from a recent surgery, the PM avoided getting into details on the ongoing dialogue with the Left. On being asked about the “inevitability’’ of elections, the PM said “nothing is inevitable”. And will the Left withdraw support? “I am not an astrologer,’’ he quipped.
But he expressed hope that the outcome of the dialogue with the Left on the deal would be “constructive." The only prominent Left leader at the iftar, Sitaram Yechury reaffirmed CPM’s stand that the deal should not be operationalised by opening talks on India-specific IAEA safeguards.