We will not compromise on n-deal: Sonia Gandhi

July 17th, 2008 - 4:40 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Sonia Gandhi

Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), July 17 (IANS) The India-US nuclear deal was in the interest of the nation and the government would not compromise on it, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said here Thursday in her first public remarks after the Left parties withdrew support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. “We will not compromise on the nuclear deal because it is in the national interest. We need latest nuclear technology and fuel power from other countries,” Gandhi said at a crowded rally in this Andhra Pradesh town, about 500 km from the state capital Hyderabad.

Gandhi also asserted that the government “was not compromising on our foreign policy”.

In comments that come just five days before the trust vote in parliament, Gandhi said: “We don’t need a certificate (on the deal) from any party.”

She was launching the Rajiv Arogyashri, the second phase of a health insurance scheme for the poor named after her late husband.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government was reduced to a minority last week after the Left parties pulled out. The government faces a trust vote in parliament July 22.

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