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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

UPA will be able to address Left's concerns: Pranab

Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee says UPA constituents have full faith in the PM and Sonia Gandhi.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2007 17:23 IST


Ruling UPA constituents on Sunday rallied behind Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, expressing confidence that the two will be able to address all "legitimate concerns" of the Left parties, which have put the government on notice against operationalising, the Indo-US nuclear deal.

A brief statement issued after a two-hour meeting of the UPA allies preceded by a meeting of the Congress Core Group said, "the constituent parties of UPA have full faith and confidence in the leadership" of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh.

"We are confident that they will be able to address all legitimate concerns, including those voiced by our Left colleagues on issues of national interest," it said, apparently referring to the issues raised by the Left parties.

The statement, read out by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, came at the end of hectic day-long consultations to break the impasse caused by the Left's threat of "serious consequences" if the government went ahead with the deal amidst indications that compromise may be worked out in the form of a panel that will address specific objections and concerns on the nuclear deal.

The panel may include those from the government who have worked on the deal and others including Left representatives.

Earlier in the day, CPI (M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury met Mukherjee after which the Left leader indicated that no compromise formula has emerged.

"There is no compromise formula. It depends on the government what to decide," Yechury told reporters after the meeting with Mukherjee who has emerged as the key trouble shooter on the issue and is holding talks with other Left leaders.

Defence Minister AK Antony and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel were also present at the meeting.

"We are making serious efforts, both sides are engaged in talks on various fronts," Mukherjee said before meeting Yechury.

He said the government was assessing the situation and examining all angles. "Let us see how we can proceed," he said.

Amid the standoff between the government and the Left, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and SP leader Amar Singh spoke over phone with CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and are understood to have discussed the emerging political situation.

First Published: Aug 19, 2007 22:37 IST