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UNPA rules out backing N-deal
December 18, 2007 17:51 IST
The United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) has categorically said that it was opposed to the nuclear deal and felt that the UPA government should proceed no further in that direction.
"The government has to honour the majority opinion and the majority is against it," said UNPA leader Chandrababu Naidu [Images] of Telugu Desam, which along with the Samajwadi Party and other regional parties, is part of the grouping which was launched this year as a ''Third Front' opposed to both the BJP and the Congress.
"In a democracy you have to go by what people think is right."
"We are opposing the deal," he said, addressing a press conference along with other UNPA leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav of SP, Om Prakash Chautala of INLD and Brinda Goswami of the Asom Gana Parishad.
"There should be no misunderstanding about the UNPA thinking on the issue, the leaders said when journalists asked them to clarify their stand saying that so far no categorical statement on whether they supported or opposed the deal had come from them.
The UNPA leaders had come to take part in a seminar on the farmers' issues.
Stating that the farm sector was on constant decline due to the policies of the successive Congress, NDA and UPA governments, UNPA chairman Mulayam Singh Yadav said they had were demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission Report on farmers without any delay.
He said the UNPA would soon launch an agitation on farmers' issues, beginning with holding rallies in different states.
When asked on their relationship with the CPI-M, the UNPA leaders said they were in dialogue with the Left party on various issues, but could not be expected to have similarity of views on every issue as their organization was a separate entity, and the Left was, moreover, associated with the UPA.
Replying to a question, Naidu said AIADMK was no more part of the alliance as Jayalalithaa had herself declared it.
When asked about the National Conference, Naidu said that they were not formally part of UNPA so far, "'but they just came to attend our Vijayawada meeting on the farmers' issue".