Manmohan must go: Jayalalitha

AIADMK chief J Jayalalitha accuses prime minister of "trying to foist" the India-US nuclear deal on the nation.
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Updated on Aug 19, 2007 11:20 PM IST
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IANS | By HT Correspondent, Chennai

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must resign as he had lost "credibility", AIADMK chief J Jayalalitha said on Sunday, accusing him of "trying to foist" the India-US nuclear deal on the nation.

"The prime minister has completely lost the confidence of parliament and the people of India. In fact, he has totally lost all credibility in the eyes of the nation," Jayalalitha said in a statement.

"If he is not ready to demit office, all patriotic parties should come together and work out a plan for holding protests at all-India level to achieve the purpose," she added.

Accusing Manmohan Singh of "exercising all his might to foist the nuclear deal with the US on India," Jayalalitha said he was "keen to thrust an agreement on India, which has many pitfalls, quicksand and dangerous whirlpools".

She also alleged that almost all the deals with "foreign countries during the past three years seem to be having an American nexus".

The prime minister's statement on the deal in both houses of parliament Aug 13 contained many "untruths", said the leader of the AIADMK, part of the 'third front' of the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA).

She pointed out that the Congress that leads the ruling coalition in New Delhi had only 150 members in the Lok Sabha and "had no legitimate right to push the nation into such a deal".

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