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PM ready to face Parliament on N-deal: Congress leader
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | June 25, 2008 00:02 IST
Stressing that there is nothing secretive about the Indo-US nuclear deal, a senior Congress leader said the prime minister is ready to face Parliament before the deal is operationalised.
Asked about the Left's apprehensions, the top leader, seeking anonymity, told rediff.com, "There is no need to get apprehensive. No deal is made public before it is notified that the deal would come into effect from a particular date. Both the countries which sign the deal get something out of this. I think it has been wrongly called Indo-US deal. In fact it is a multi-lateral deal. Dr Singh is ready to take Parliament into confidence before it is opperationalised. Merely signing of the agreement does not mean that it becomes operational. It would have to be endorsed by the Cabinet before further action is taken."
Meanwhile, Moti Lal Vohra, senior leader, denied reports that Manmohan Singh [Images] had resigned to put pressure on the party to support his stand.
"Sonia Gandhi [Images] has already backed Dr Singh and there is no question of going back. As far as Dr Singh's trip to Japan [Images] is concerned, there time left. We know that the time is running out for both the governments, particularly United States. PM will meet President Bush in Japan in the first week of July," said a top party leader.