D. Chandra Bhaskar Rao

SATHUPALLI ( Khammam dist): The Telugu Desam Party has decided to work in coordination with the Left parties in opposing the Indo-American civilian nuclear agreement.

A meeting of the TDP Polit Bureau held here on Saturday urged party president N. Chandrababu Naidu to take time off from his ongoing “Mee Kosam” yatra and visit New Delhi again to coordinate with the United National Progressive Alliance constituents and the Left parties in seeing that the deal was not clinched.

Briefing news persons later, Mr. Naidu said the nuclear deal lacked sanctity. He said that if it was genuinely in the interests of the nation, there was no harm in deferring it by a few months. The Manmohan Singh government as well as the Bush administration were on their way out and it was best left to their successors to handle the issue.

Mr. Naidu said he apprehended that the Congress leadership might resort to horse trading to win the confidence vote.

It would not hesitate even to bribe political parties for the sake of the deal. He said the Congress government had failed to take the Left parties , which supported it for so long, into confidence on the issue.