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No threat to UPA over nuke deal: Karat
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Chennai, October 29
CPM general secretary Praksh Karat today ruled out mid-term polls or threat to the ruling UPA at the Centre over the Left’s stand over the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Karat, who met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, at his residence here this evening, briefed him about the present situation and later told reporters, “There is no threat to the government”.

Asked about the possible formation of a third front, particularly after his meeting with UNPA leaders in Delhi, Karat replied that “there was no possibility of the third front emerging in the near future”.

He said, “We are meeting leaders of various political parties to evolve a commonality of approach when the issue comes up for debate in the winter session of Parliament.”

Replying to a question Karunanidhi said they did not discuss about Karat’s discussion with the UNPA leaders, but only confined themselves to the nuclear deal.

He felt that the current “standoff” between the UPA and the Left should end and he was in touch with both the political formations.

Karunanidhi said he would also take up the issue with UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi when he visited New Delhi on December 9 to attend the National Development Council meeting.

Meanwhile, responding to the contempt of court notice issued by the Supreme Court over the October 1 Tamil Nadu bandh, he said, “I always abide by the courts and will respond to the notice.”

Commenting on the AIADMK’s contempt petition, he quipped, “The AIADMK is a condemned party.”

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