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Congress, allies discuss options
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August 18, 2007 23:41 IST
As Left parties put the government on notice over the Indo-US nuclear deal, Congress tonight began consultations with United Progressive Alliance constituents, with party chief Sonia Gandhi [Images] calling up leaders of the allies.

Sonia is understood to have discussed the future strategy of the UPA in the wake of the Left parties, which are providing crucial outside support to the government, serving an ultimatum to the government on the deal.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and his party colleague P C Gupta and is understood to have deliberated upon the future course of action.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] and Gandhi are expected to hold confabulations with leaders of UPA constituents at a meeting in New Delhi on Sunday.

A meeting of the Congress Core Group, chaired by Gandhi, "noted" the statements of the Left and deliberated on the pros and cons of the matter.

The 90-minute meeting of the core group was attended by Singh and senior ministers Pranab Mukherjee, A K Antony.

A senior Congress leader said consultations were on and "there is nothing to worry about."

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