N-deal fallout: UPA in hunt for allies

 Now that the government has virtually decided to part ways with the Left and go ahead with the nuclear deal, getting the Samajwadi Party on board has become critical.

If the government takes the first step of going to the IAEA and the Left pulls out, it will be reduced to a minority in Parliament, way short of the half way mark of 271.

So now, it’s time for talks with not just the Samajwadi Party but smaller parties like the JD-S, the TRS, RLD and Independents.

That’s why sources say, the Congress wants to buy time to talk numbers with these parties. But getting the SP on board may not be easy.

UPA-Left to part ways

Mulayam Singh has said his party will decide at the UNPA’s meeting on the July 3, among the UNPA members, the TDP is dead against going with the Congress.

But the prime minister has warned that the G8 Summit for which he’s scheduled to leave on the 7th of July is an informal deadline to sort things out. And if they’re not, he may just send External Affairs Minister Pranab Muhkerjee to the world meet instead.

A showdown between the government and the Left over the nuclear deal has been averted for the moment, but it now seems virtually certain that the two will part ways.

A crucial meeting of the Left and the UPA was held earlier on Wednesday but the deadlock continued, and it was decided that one final meeting would take place on an unspecified date.

Sources have told NDTV that Wednesday’s meeting held at Pranab Mukherjee’s house was a very stormy one, with both sides sticking to their positions.

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