Congress set to press the N-Button?
Sonia Gandhi, it seems, has decided to bite the bullet. The Congress president is understood to have given the green light to prime minister Manmohan Singh to go ahead with the nuclear deal even if it means losing the government at the Centre.The Congress is confident that the NCP and the RJD, its existing alliance partners, too would agree to its stand.This tough posturing not withstanding, the Congress has also been giving thought to the political fallout of a break up with the Left. The party looks at the current impasse as a ‘golden opportunity’ to spruce up its image. This will give the Congress a chance to present it's nationalist face.This is the second option the party is looking at. Before it rocks the UPA boat, the Congress has also decided to try to bring in more allies on board. As part of this two-prong strategy the party will try to win over Samajwadi Party and simultaneously will prepare to face the International Atomic Energy Agency with India-specific safeguard agreement. But the Congress leadership is absolutely clear that it will stay on its course “with or without SP”.Though India has agreed on a draft agreement with the IAEA, the Manmohan Singh government has not been able to finalise it due to the Left’s (Red Monkeys according to Balasaheb Thakeray) stubborn opposition.
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