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The Book Of Errors

The alliance with the Left and policy compromises will haunt the Congress

The Book Of Errors
Illustration by Sorit
The Book Of Errors
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Two weeks ago, when former president Abdul Kalam endorsed the Indo-US nuclear treaty, he managed to bring about a qualitative change in the political alignments that had developed around this vexed issue. Within hours of his statement, the Samajwadi Party announced it would reconsider its opposition to the treaty. The shift in the SP's position has already had an impact on the Left: A.B. Bardhan remarked last week that the Left would continue to oppose the nuclear deal but would not allow the government to fall. This means that it will not vote with the BJP, should the latter introduce a no-confidence motion in Parliament. Kalam has, therefore, opened the way for Manmohan Singh's government to sign the safeguards agreement with the IAEA.

This does not ensure that the government will seize the opportunity. There is no certainty that the Left will not change its mind again. And the SP may still demand too high a price for its support. But the developments of the past week have shown that the government need not have waited so long and...
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