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Indian PM gets Candid - speaks out on Third Front, N-deal & Tytler

Published on: Friday, 10th April 2009 05:10 AM     By      Administrator

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"A day after Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar were dropped as candidates for Lok Sabha polls by the Congress, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was neither informed nor consulted over CBI's clean chit given to Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

"I was not informed, not consulted" over CBI clean chit to Jagdish Tytler, Dr Singh said on Friday during an interaction with women journalists organised by Indian Women Press Corp in New Delhi.

"Congress decision to cancel tickets to Tytler and Kumar shows party's sensitivity to Sikh sentiments," he said, adding, "Better late than never".

The action against Tytler came with the Congress fearing a Sikh backlash in the elections as the issue came under spotight with a Sikh journalist lobbing a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram at a press conference on Tuesday. He was protesting the clean chit by CBI to Tytler in the riots cases.

On Nuclear Deal

Dr Singh, who single-handedly pushed the deal, said that India's honour was at stake on the nuclear deal as for three long years they had been negotiating the deal and if India had backed off at the last minute, it would have sent a bad impression through the would.

He said, "To save India's honour, I staked my reputation". 


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