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Fractured mandate hard: PM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today vent his anguish over the problems faced in running a coalition government in the backdrop of Left’s pressure for scrapping of the controversial Indo-US nuclear deal.

“Given the nature of competitive politics and fractured mandates given to the governments, it has, I must admit, become difficult sometimes for us to do what is manifestly obvious,” Singh said, while addressing a meeting of Mc’kinsey Board in India here this evening.

The Prime Minister though did not say anything about the nuclear deal in the four-page text of his prepared speech.

The statement on coalition governments was taken as being politically significant as it came at a time when the Prime Minister reportedly felt let down by his own allies.

The Prime Minister, who had earlier dared the Left parties to withdraw their outside support to his government, was not perturbed about the consistent attacks on him on the nuclear deal issue. But he surely was perturbed over the stand his allies like RJD, NCP and DMK took at a crucial time when it came to taking a united stand on the 123 Agreement.

Earlier, RJD, NCP and DMK cabinet ministers had given their approval to the 123 Agreement. The Prime Minister said the government still had an unfinished agenda of economic reforms at the Centre but the real action had to be at the level of the states, which had to implement the policies and schemes.

While expressing concerns over the wide inter-regional and inter-state economic difference he said for successful implementation of social and human development initiatives a greater public-private partnership was required.

“This is yet another important initiative of our government both in infrastructure development and social and human development,” he said adding that the UPA government had encouraged such a partnership. “A synergy between public support and private initiative can help multiply the productivity of resource utilisation,” the Prime Minister said.




Karat explores outside support
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, after reiterating his opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal at the UPA-Left panel meeting yesterday, lost no time to drum up support for his stand as he met some of the leaders of newly floated United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA).

Sources said Karat met Samajwadi Party (SP) general secretary Amar Singh and Telgu Desam Party (TDP) leader K.Yerran Naidu to discuss a joint strategy to oppose the deal in the wake of the reports of a brief session of Parliament next month. During the one-hour-long meeting, Karat reportedly explained the CPM-led Left’s stand on the deal.



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