Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party M. Venkaiah Naidu says his party is against the India-U.S. nuclear deal and will support the Left stand as the deal is against the national interest.

Addressing journalists here on Saturday, Mr. Naidu said: “The Left parties’ stand on the issue is justified because the UPA government should take the Left parties into confidence before signing the agreement. The government did not consult the Opposition parties also on such an important international deal that affected the future of the nation.”

Though his party was not blindly opposing all the policies of the U.S., it was against any deal that went against the interest of the nation.

On the possibility of his party bailing out the government if the Left parties withdrew support, Mr. Naidu said, “There is no question of the BJP bailing out the Congress-led government at the Centre. In fact, the countdown for the government has already started and it is on its way out. The BJP is expecting Lok Sabha elections by August or November this year.”

He said the BJP started its preparatory campaign from Palakkad on Saturday.

The party would raise issues such as inflation and price rise; crisis in various sectors — agriculture, trade and commerce; increasing terrorist activities; vote bank politics and communalisation.

“Time to go”

Coimbatore Staff Reporter reports:

Talking to reporters here, Mr. Naidu said it was time for the UPA government to go out of power. The Centre raised taxes and increased the prices of petroleum products, and expected State governments to reduce the taxes. Mr. Naidu said Congress was passing the buck to the State governments because a majority of them were ruled by non-Congress parties. Inflation and price rise could never be due to international reasons.

“Countries without petroleum resources had the lowest inflation rate and why it was 11.5 per cent in India alone,” Mr. Naidu asked.

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