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Speculation of PM resignation baseless: India Congress Party
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08:23, October 23, 2007

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Indian Congress Party Monday dismissed as "baseless" the speculation that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has threatened to resign over the nuclear deal controversy.

Asked about media reports that the prime minister threatened to quit earlier in the day during a meeting with leaders of some allies, Congress Party Spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said:"I don't respond to baseless speculation."

The assertion came amid reports that Singh told the meeting that he had felt let down by the allies over the nuclear deal and was feeling embarrassed.

Last week, the Indian prime minister called United States President George W. Bush and said there are some difficulties to implement the India-U.S. nuclear agreement.

The Indian Left parties, which are allies of the Congress Party, are opposed to the India-U.S. nuclear agreement. They threatened to withdraw supports to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government if it did not put the deal on hold.

It is reported that the UPA government and Left parties had a meeting on the deal Monday. The Left parties were expecting the government's final stand on the deal to be announced at the meeting.

Source: Xinhua

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