Image: President Pratibha Patil , Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma Assad interact with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a ceremonial reception of the Syrian President at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on June 18th, Wednesday.
Confronted with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s ultimatum that he would rather quit than renege on the India-US nuclear deal, the Congress stepped up efforts to mobilise UPA partners and persuade the Left.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had reviewed the situation at an informal meeting of the party`s core committee members on June 19th.
Sources close to Singh indicated that Singh had made up his mind and communicated his resolve to Sonia last week itself. `He wants India to honour its commitment in the 123 government even if means a few months less as the Prime Minister,` said a senior Congress leader.