India-US Nuclear Deal
Time was when the government's very survival was at stake due to the India-US nuclear deal, but outside of manifestos one heard of it only in passing during the election campaign. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani changed his stance from "we will review it" to "we will accept it", while Congress leaders did mention it among the government's "achievements". The Left maintained its opposition to the deal. But it didn't quite become a tool to move the masses with.
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Image: TheLeft parties withdrew support to the Manmohan Singh government over theIndo-US nuclear deal. The four-year old UPA government will face itsfirst trial of strength in the Lok Sabha. Congress chief Sonia Gandhiasked coalition partners to `look ahead` while exuding confidence ofsecuring majority.
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